Bond Behavior of Pretensioned Strand Embedded in Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

Hyun Oh Shin, Seung Jung Lee, Doo Yeol Yoo

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This study aimed to investigate the bond properties of prestressing strands embedded in ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC). Toward this end, two types of prestressing strands with diameters of 12.7 and 15.2 mm were considered, along with various concrete cover depths and initial prestressing force magnitudes. The average bond strength of the strands in UHPFRC was estimated by using pullout tests, and the transfer length was evaluated based on a 95% average maximum strain method. Test results indicated that the average bond strength of the pretensioned strand reduced as the diameter of the strand increased, and was between the bond strengths of round and deformed steel rebars. Higher bond strength was also obtained with a lower embedment length. Based on a comparison of p value, the bar diameter and embedment length most significantly influenced the bond strength of strands in UHPFRC, compared to a ratio of cover depth to diameter and initial prestressing force. Pretensioned strands in UHPFRC exhibited much higher bond strength and shorter transfer length compared with strands embedded in ordinary high-strength concrete. Lastly, ACI 318 and AASHTO LRFD codes significantly overestimated the transfer length of the strands embedded in UHPFRC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number34
JournalInternational Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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