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I will tell you what I do. I simply put a distributed load in the axial direction, and then a member concentrated load at each end-node to provide equilibrium.
William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203
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From: Gina Gobo [mailto:GoboGT(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 1:33 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Modeling Prestress Elements

Can anyone offer info/examples on how to model prestress elements in ETABs? Computer and Structures, Inc. recommends using a gradient temperature load to model the prestress. We are thinking that some sort of internal load condition should do the trick.
Examples of ".e2k" files or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Gina T. Gobo, EIT
Carter & Burgess, Inc
Facilities - Structural Engineering
Seattle, WA
Ph. 425-822-7096
Fax 425-822-7246