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RE: Pretensioning Of Anchor Bolts

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I don't know where it comes from, but I don't think that it is well founded.
It is a fairly common practice in some types of nonbuilding structures.  It
is a standard with elevated water tanks and some Texas DOT structures.  It
does require more attention to detail, and I prefer to use a headed bolt
with a greased shaft to avoid the relaxation potential.  Stress corrosion is
highly dependent on material selection, but has not been an issue on any of
the structures I have had experience with. 

Harold Sprague, P.E.
The Neenan Company

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick.Drake(--nospam--at) [mailto:Rick.Drake(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 1998 6:05 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Pretensioning Of Anchor Bolts

     The Commentary to the LRFD Specification Section A4.3 indicates that 
     "The designer should be aware that pretensioning anchor bolts is not 
     recommended due to relaxation and stress corrosion after 
     Does anybody have any background or references regarding this 
     Rick Drake, SE
     Fluor Daniel, Irvine