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INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NIRMA UNIVERSITY, AHMEDABAD – 382 481, 09-11 DECEMBER, 2010 1

Comparative Design of RCC & Post-


tensioned flat slabs
Boskey Bahoria1 , Prof.R. S. Deotale2 ,Dr D K Parbat3
M. Tech (Structure),
1
Lecturer, NYSSCER, Wanadongri, Nagpur, India, boskey_bahoria@yahoo.co.in
2
Professor, Department of Civil Engg. YCCE, Wanadongri, Nagpur,(MS) India
3
Lecturer( Selection Grade),Civil Engg, Government Polytechnic, Nagpur ( MS) Email-
dkparbat@indiatimes.com

important advantages offered by post-tensioning systems are


Abstract- The post-tensioning method is now a days as follows -
increasing widely, due to its application. By using the post- • By comparison with reinforced concrete, a considerable
tensioning method one can design the most economic and the safe saving in concrete and steel since, due to the working of
design. But while using this method more precautions has to be the entire concrete cross-section more slender designs are
made for the shear and the deflection criteria for the slabs. The
possible.
design of the post-tension flat slab can be done by using load
balancing and equivalent frame method. Among of both the • Smaller deflections compared to with steel and reinforced
equivalent frame method is widely used. In the load balancing concrete structures.
method the 65 to 80% of the dead load is carried by the tendon • Good crack behavior and therefore permanent protection of
itself. So that there is an upward deflection due to tendon profile the steel against corrosion.
resulting the reduction in overall deflection. In the present study • Almost unchanged serviceability even after considerable
the design of the post-tensioned flat slab is done by using both overload, since temporary cracks close again after the
methods, load balancing method and equivalent frame method. overload has disappeared.
As the shear and deflection check is the most important for the
• High fatigue strength, since the amplitude of the stress
post-tensioned slabs the detail design for the shear and
deflections (short term deflection and long term deflections due
changes in the prestressing steel under alternating loads
to creep and shrinkage) is carried out. The parametric study of are quite small.
the post-tensioned flat slab by varying the span by 0.5m interval • If a significant part of the load is resisted by post-tensioning
is done and results of the different parameters such as thickness the non-prestressed reinforcement can be simplified and
of slab, grade of concrete, loss due to stress, normal standardized to a large degree. Furthermore, material
reinforcement, reinforcement for the shear, number of tendons, handling is reduced since the total tonnage of steel (non-
stressing force per tendon and deflection etc. are presented in the prestressed + prestressed) and concrete is less than for a
graphical form. Continuing to this a design of post-tensioned Reinforced Concrete floor.
beam is also done. For the study of post-tensioned slab and
• Assembling of precast elements by post-tensioning avoids
beams a case study of a multistory office building (G+4) is taken
and it is designed by four cases, the post-tensioned flat slab, post-
complicated reinforcing bar connections with insitu
tensioned beams and the R.C.C. slab, only R.C.C. flat slab and closure pours, or welded steel connectors, and thus can
the R.C.C. slab and beams. After the design of these four cases significantly reduce erection time.
the comparative study with respect to the economy is carried • Usually the permanent floor load is largely balanced by
out. draped post-tensioning tendons so that only the weight of the
Key words: rcc, , prestressed , post-tensioned ,flat slab ,sesmic wet concrete of the floor above induces flexural stresses.
analysis, equivalent frame method, load balancing method, strud These are often of the same order as the design live load
,staad-pro.
stresses. Hence back-propping of one floor below is usually
sufficient.
I. INTRODUCTION
The P/A stress provided by post-tensioning may prevent
tensile stresses causing the floor to crack.
A s the floor system plays an important role in the For the above reasons post-tensioned construction has also
come to be used in many situations in buildings. In addition to
overall cost of a building, a post-tensioned floor system is the above mentioned general features of post-tensioned
invented which reduces the time for the construction and construction systems, the following advantages of post-
finally the cost of the structure. In some countries, including tensioned slabs over reinforced concrete slabs are listed as
the U.S., Australia, South Africa, Thailand and India, a great follows :
number of large buildings have been successfully constructed • More economical structures resulting from the use of
using post-tensioned floors. The reason for this lies in its prestressing steels with a very high tensile strength
decisive technical and economical advantages. The most instead of normal reinforcing steels.
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• Larger spans and greater slenderness, which results in describe the load-deflection relationship of a section of a
reduced dead load, which also has a beneficial effect member
upon the columns and foundations and reduces the
overall height of buildings or enables additional floors to
be incorporated in buildings of a given height.

. Fig.2 Life history of prestressed concrete member under flexure


Traditional R.C.C. design PT slab design
From the load deflection curve it will be noted that under
Fig. 1 Height comparison of R.C.C. & PT slab design static loadings, there are several critical points, as follows
1.The point of no deflection which usually indicates a
rectangular stress block across all sections of a beam.
II. DESIGN METHODOLOGY 2. The point of no tension indicates a
triangular stress block with zero stress at either the top or the
bottom fiber.
The design of post-tensioned slab is done by two
3. The point of cracking which generally occurs when the
methods, load balancing method and the equivalent frame
extreme fiber is stressed to the modulus of rupture.
method. The load balancing method introduced by T. Y. Lin
4. The point of yielding at which the steel is stressed beyond
is most suitable for the indeterminate structures rather than
its yield point so that complete recovery will not be obtained.
the determinate structures. In this method the 65 to 80% of
5. The ultimate load which represents the load carried by the
dead load is balanced by the tendons so that the flexural
member at failure
member will not be subjected to bending stress under a given
On the left of fig.2 are shown the various loading conditions
load conditions. On the other hand the equivalent frame
to which the beam is subjected to are as follows
method is widely use for the design of post-tensioned slabs.
1. Girder load GL
Here load balancing method and equivalent frame method are
2. Total dead load DL
discussed in the following section.
3.the working load, made up of dead load plus live load
1) Load-balancing method DL+LL
The concept of load balancing is introduced for 4. A safety factor k1 applied to the working load to obtain the
prestressed concrete structures, as a third approach after the yield point load k1 (DL + LL)
elastic stress and the ultimate strength method of design and 5.another safety factor K2 applied to obtain the yield point
analysis. It is first applied to simple beams and cantilevers load
and then to continuous beams and rigid frames. This load-
balancing method represents the simplest approach to III. DESIGN PROCEDURE FOR POST-TENSIONED SLABS
prestressed design and analysis, its advantage over the elastic
stress and ultimate strength methods is not significant for
statically determinate structures. When dealing with statically As stated earlier the design of post-tensioned slab can be done
indeterminate systems including flat slabs and certain thin by two methods, the design procedure for both the methods
shells, load-balancing method offers tremendous advantage are described here along with the process in which design
both in calculating and visualizing. According to load- progresses. The steps involved in the design of the post-
balancing method, prestressing balances a certain portion of tensioned slabs are as follows.
the gravity loads so that flexural members, such as slabs, A) Design steps for the post-tensioned slab by
beams, and girders, will not be subjected to bending stresses equivalent frame method
under a given load condition. Thus a structure carrying 1. Select the slab thickness (according to IS code).
transverse loads is subjected only to axial stresses. 2. Load calculation – calculate the dead load, live load, floor
. finish and the superimposed dead load. Also calculate
2) Life History of Prestressed Concrete Member the service load and ultimate load.
3. Select the strand diameter, area of strand, ultimate strength
under Flexure
of strand and average effective stress in strand.
To properly compare the load-balancing method with the
4. Select the system for the strands i.e. bonded or unbonded.
elastic stress or the ultimate strength method, it will be
5. Choose the cable/tendon profile.
desirable that one should know about the history of a
6. Calculate the losses due to stressing of tendons.
prestressed concrete member under flexure. is intended to
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7. Find out the effective force per tendons Superimposed dead load - 1 KN/m2
8. Calculate the section properties i.e. area, section modulus Analysis and design is done by using following methods
and moment of inertia. Load balancing method
9. Calculate the load balanced by the tendons and the net load Equivalent frame method
causing bending for the span. For the application of design procedure a office building is
10. Determine the section properties such as area, section consider as a case study. The plan of the office building
modulus and the moment of inertia. (G+4) is considered. This building is designed by considering
11. Calculate equivalent frame properties i.e. determine four cases with different floor systems. The different floor
column stiffness, equivalent column stiffness, slab systems used for these four cases are as follows
stiffness and distribution factor at each interior and Case 1: Post-tensioned flat slab
exterior joint. Case 2: Reinforced concrete flat slab
12. Determine the stresses at faces of the support and at the Case 3: Post-tensioned slab with reinforced concrete beams
midspan. Case 4: Reinforced concrete slab with reinforced concrete
13. Check for the ultimate flexural capacity. beams
14. Determine the flexural strength. For the above four cases the quantities of reinforcing steel,
15. Calculate the shear, locate the critical section for shear prestressing steel, concrete required for the slab, beam and
and determine shear at critical section. column is calculated and are presented in the tabular form.
16. Check the shear at exterior, interior and edge column. Along with this a total cost of the building per square meter is
17. Determine the deflection of span considered and check it found and the comparison of all the four cases with respect to
with allowable deflection. cost is given here.

B) Design steps for the post-tensioned slab by load


balancing method
1. Select the preliminary thickness of slab. (According to IS
Code).
2. Determine the dead load, live load, floor finish and
Superimposed dead load.
3. Select the strand diameter, area of strand, ultimate strength
of strand and average effective stress in strand.
4. Select the system for the strands i.e. bonded or unbonded.
5. Choose the cable/tendon profile.
Fig.3 Plan of Slab with Drop and Without Drop
6. Calculate the losses due to stressing of tendons.
7. Determine the section properties such as area, section
modulus and the moment of inertia.
8. Calculate allowable stresses at the time of jacking and at
the service load.
9. Select target load to be balance by tendons (only DL). 10.
Calculate the actual load balance for each span.
11. Determine the moment for each span for dead load, live
load and balance load separately.
12. Check the slab stresses immediately after jacking (dead
load + BL) and service load (dead load + Live load + BL).
For the exterior and interior span. (Both at midspan and
support).
13. Check for the ultimate moment. Fig.4. Tendon profile for the slab without drop
14. Calculate minimum bonded reinforcement.
15. Check the shear at exterior, interior and edge column
16. Determine the deflection of span considered and check it
with allowable deflection

IV . PARAMETRIC STUDY

For the purpose of parametric study of post-tensioned


slab the slabs with and without drop varying from 7m to 12m
at an interval of 0.5m are considered.
Load considered
Dead load –self weight Fig .5 Tendon profile for the slab with drop
Live load – 2 KN/m2
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IV. ESTIMATING AND COSTING The design and the estimation of the office building for the
From the analysis and design results of the office building the four different floor systems is done and finally the rate per
total estimation for the quantities for a typical floor is square meter for the construction of this building is found out.
calculated. The quantities of concrete, reinforcing steel, The fig 6 shows the variation of the rate per square meter for
prestressing steel and the formwork and their cost according these four different cases. The observation made from the
to the current rate excluding the labour charges for all the four above work is as follows:
cases are given in the table .3..The rate per square meter for a
typical floor (which includes slab, beam and column) of a 1. From the economic point of view the post-tensioned flat
building in each case is according to the values calculated slab is the most economical among all four floor systems and
form the detail estimation. the reinforced concrete slab with reinforced concrete beam is
the costlier one for this span.
2. If we consider the post-tensioned flat slab and reinforced
TABLE 1 concrete flat slab, the thickness of reinforced concrete flat
. RATE ANALYSIS FOR THE CASES CONSIDERED slab is 12.5% greater and its cost is 27% greater than the post-
tensioned flat slab.
3. From both post-tensioned floor system building the post-
Reinforc Prestressin
Concrete Form Rate tensioned flat slab is more economical than the post-tensioned
ing steel g steel
Item (m3) work per slab with reinforced concrete beams.
(Kg) (Kg)
sqm
4. The quantity of prestressing steel is 4 Kg/m2 for post-
tensioned flat slab and 3.2 Kg/m2 for post-tensioned slab with
PT
31659.5 Rs. reinforced concrete beams i.e. the prestressing steel required
flat 507.52 8400 2100 for the post-tensioned flat slab is greater.
6 2800/-
slab
RCC
5. The reinforcing steel required for the post-tensioned flat
85550.7 Rs. slab and post- tensioned slab with reinforced concrete beam is
flat 549.69 ----- 2100
8 3600/-
slab 15 Kg/m2 and 20.15 Kg/m2 respectively.
PT 6. The reinforcing steel is more in case of post-tensioned slab
slab
Rs. with reinforced concrete beams because the slab transfers the
with 641.33 42271 6720 2100
3200/- load on the beam and more loads is taken by the beams itself.
RCC
beam 7.The reinforcing steel for the reinforced concrete flat slab is
RCC 41 Kg/m2 while for the reinforced concrete slab and beam it is
slab Rs. 40 Kg/m2.
626.31 86701.2 ---- 2100
with 3800/-
beam 8. The amount of concrete required for a floor is more in case
( Rate of concrete=4400/-per m3, Rate of steel=50/-per kg, of post-tensioned slab with reinforced concrete beams while it
Rate of form work=400 /- ), Rate of prestressing steel=130/- is least for the post-tensioned flat slab floor system.
per kg) 9. The floor to floor height available in case of post-
V . RESULTS AND CONCLUSION tensioned flat and reinforced concrete flat slab is 2.65m while
The analysis, design and the estimation of the office in case of post-tensioned slab with reinforced concrete beams
building for the four different floor systems is done and and reinforced concrete slab and beams is 2.4m.
finally the rate per square meter for the construction of this 10. If we consider the period of construction for a floor it is
building is found out. The fig .6 shows the variation of the less in case of post- tensioned flat slab than the other three
rate per square meter for these four different cases. The cases as the post-tensioning allows the earlier removal of the
observation made from the above work is as follows: formwork. In case of post-tensioned slab with reinforced
concrete beams the formwork of slab can be removed earlier
but the formwork for the reinforced concrete beams cannot be
removed earlier.
11. While estimating the cost of the each building the labour
charges are not considered, as the time period reduce the
labour charges will reduce in case of post-tensioned flat slab.
12. The wall load is considered on all over the floor (KN/m2)
for the post-tensioned building While analysis. So there is
flexibility to the user to construct a wall wherever required in
case of post-tensioning..

Fig .6 Variation of rate for each floor system


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