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Dr. Giorgio Proestos

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Phone: 919-515-4347
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CE 522 Theory and Design of Prestressed Concrete

3 Credit Hours

Principles and concepts of design in prestressed concrete including elastic and ultimate strength analyses for flexure, shear, torsion, bond and deflection. Principles of concordancy and linear transformation for indeterminate prestressed structures. Application of pre-stressing to tanks and shells.


Undergraduate degree in engineering or related area and undergraduate course in reinforced concrete design; or consent of instructor.

Course Topics

  1. Prestressing technology and material properties
  2. Prestressed members subjected to axial load
  3. Long term effects in prestressed concrete structures: creep, shrinkage and relaxation
  4. Prestressed members subjected to flexure
  5. Moment curvature response of prestressed members
  6. Prestressed members subjected to flexure and axial load
  7. Calculating deflections in prestressed concrete members
  8. Service considerations and elastic stresses
  9. Design of prestressed flexural members
  10. Design for indeterminate prestressed structures
  11. Shear stresses in prestressed concrete beams
  12. Shear design of prestressed members
  13. Advanced topics in prestressed structures and case studies

Course Requirements

Homework Assignments 20%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 50%


Optional Textbook:

Prestressed Concrete Structures, Michael P. Collins and Denis Mitchell, Response Publications, Canada. ISBN 0-9681958-0-6, approx. price $80. (Attend first lecture to hear announcement regarding the text book)

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.

Updated 4/17/2020