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Title: Flexural behaviour of externally prestressed beams. Part II: Experimental investigation
Authors: Ng, C.K.
Tan, K.H. 
Keywords: Analysis
External prestressing
Second-order effects
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Source: Ng, C.K., Tan, K.H. (2006-03). Flexural behaviour of externally prestressed beams. Part II: Experimental investigation. Engineering Structures 28 (4) : 622-633. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In Part I of this paper, a simple "pseudo-section analysis" method which accounts for second-order effects in a simply supported, externally prestressed beam subjected to two symmetrically applied concentrated loads was developed. In this paper, an experimental investigation of the flexural behaviour is reported. A total of nine simply supported prototype beams were tested to evaluate the effect of span-to-depth ratio and second-order effects. It was found that span-to-depth ratio has no significant effect on the flexural behaviour of the beams. For beams with span-to-depth ratio of up to 22.5, a single deviator provided at midspan section is effective in minimising second-order effects, that is, maintaining higher load-carrying capacity and ensuring ductility at the ultimate limit state for the beams. However, second-order effects prevailed in a longer beam with larger span-to-depth ratio of 30.0 despite the provision of a single deviator at midspan. This type of long beams would require at least two deviators placed at one-third span sections, hence reducing the deviator spacing in order to minimise second-order effects so that the beams would achieve the desired flexural performance with regard to beam strength and ductility. Theoretical predictions of the load-deformation responses using the proposed analytical model were found to agree well with the test results in this study and experimental data of other investigations. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Engineering Structures
ISSN: 01410296
DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2005.09.016
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