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CIV8802 Advanced Prestressed Concrete

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Advanced Prestressed Concrete
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030903 - Structural Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2019


Examiner: Weena Lokuge

Other requisites

Completion of undergraduate course CIV3506 Concrete Structures or equivalent. Familiarity with design standards for structural engineering.


This course provides students with an opportunity to enhance their skills in prestressed concrete design and applications.


Prestressed concrete is used extensively in bridges, multistorey buildings and many other important parts of today's modern infrastructure. The inherent weakness of concrete in tension is offset by introducing a pre-compression in a prestressed member, which improves its service load behaviour, such as reduced deflections and cracking. An advanced understanding of its behaviour is essential before safe and economical designs can be produced. This course will provide a detailed coverage of: The behaviour of prestressed concrete, analysis and design for strength and serviceability of prestressed concrete members, such as beams and slabs including continuous members, and anchorage design and losses in prestress. It will also cover the recent advances in prestressed technology including external post-tensioning, use of fibre reinforced plastics in prestressing and improvement in the durability of prestressed concrete structures.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate the behaviour and design of prestressed concrete beams and slabs (including statically indeterminate beams and slabs) and design tendon layout, which satisfy the strength and serviceability limit states as required by design standards;
  2. analyse the stresses in anchorage zones and design end anchorages for prestressed concrete beams and slabs;
  3. evaluate the short-term and long-term losses in prestressing and design prestressed structures considering these losses;
  4. discuss and appraise the recent advances in the prestressed concrete technology including the use of advanced materials and application of new technologies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to prestressed concrete 5.00
2. Analysis and design for flexure 20.00
3. Shear, bond & bearing 10.00
4. Deflections 15.00
5. Continuous beams 15.00
6. Losses in prestress 10.00
7. End anchorages 10.00
8. External prestressing 10.00
9. Miscellaneous topics 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Gilbert, RI & Mickleborough, NC 2016, Design of Prestressed Concrete to AS3600-2009, 2nd edn, CRC Press.
Standards Australia , Concrete structures, AS3600, Standards Australia, Sydney, NSW.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Gilbert, RI & Mickleborough, NC 1990, Design of Prestressed Concrete, Unwin Hynm, London.
Loo, Y-C & Chowdhury, SH 2013, Reinforced and prestressed concrete: analysis and design with emphasis on application of AS3600-2009, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, Vic.
Nawy, EG 2006, Prestressed concrete: a fundamental approach, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Warner, RF & Faulkes, KA 2017, Prestressed concrete, 4th edn, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne.
Warner, RF, Rangan, BV, Hall, AS & Faulkes KA 1998, Concrete structures, Addison Wesley, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 52.00
Private Study 73.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
DISCUSSIONS/QUIZZES 250 25 18 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 250 25 29 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 500 50 24 Oct 2019

  1. Discussions and quizzes will be assessed throughout the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. (ii) Students must participate in discussions posted on the USQStudy Desk.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students must have access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.