The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 92 (2014) > Issues > Issue 3 > Concrete Bridge Design and Construction series. No. 3: Prestressing for concrete bridges
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Concrete Bridge Design and Construction series. No. 3: Prestressing for concrete bridges

This article examines the prestressing for a concrete bridge. Prestressing enhances the capacity of a member that is weak in tension, but strong in compression. It effectively creates a new material that is strong in tension. A prestressed bridge has much less steel to be handled, which reduces congestion, leading to easier and quicker concrete placing.

Author(s): Concrete Bridge Development Group (CBDG)