Author: Blake, F H
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Blake, F H
In order to use available materials in the most efficient manner, it is essential for the user to have full knowledge of the properties and characteristics of the material supplied for prestressing tendons. The purpose of this paper is to consider the various conditions in which cold drawn high tensile steel wire can be supplied, and the effect of various treatments on the behaviour of this material in terms of service conditions. J.L. Bannister
Sir-The writer found this paper of the greatest value and would be glad if the author could amplify some points.
In reinforced concrete design it is generally assumed that the strain in the steel reinforcement is equal to the strain in the concrete immediately surrounding it. This is substantially true in zones of compression but, in the parts subject to tension, the working stress in the steel is usually high enough for the strain to be more than the surrounding concrete can withstand without cracking. The size of the cracks formed in this way and their spacing along the reinforcement depends primarily on the bond but is also affected by the strain in the steel, the tensile strength of the concrete and its modulus of elasticity.