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I recall seeing several prestressing repairs by the installation of external prestressing.  Something to consider.


Bob Garner


From: Alexander Bausk [mailto:bauskas(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 2:35 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Abandoned PT building



structural assessment and substantiation of degraded reinforced concrete buildings is a common thing with us here, so I feel like putting my two cents worth.

To ensure reliability, they will most likely have to have it strengthened, putting away the corroded tendons.

The corrosion speed is dependent on stress so the PT tendons are likely affected much. Anyway, inspection and assessment report is absolutely necessary here.

I worked on several rehabilitation projects that involved pre-stressed concrete. The building size varied from town church to abandoned multi-storey hotel in humid area.

Speaking of differences, I don't know much about your practices in structural assessment, but in all cases we inspected it and made material tests, then provided a rehabilitation project that included either leaving prestressed concrete as is but with section strengthened, or changing the structural model to change load paths and relieve the prestressed RC.

Hope that helps in some way.


On 12 March 2010 22:01, Andy Richardson <chuzman(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Hi, I received an email from a building official today, and wondered if anyone could offer some thoughts on this (see below).  Basically, it looks like there is some corrosion in the tendons.   I think a study should be done, but otherwise, any thoughts on the subject?  Also, is there any good resources I can point him to?


Andy Richardson

Beaufort, SC



The multi-story PT constructed building was partially constructed, vacant and unfinished for many years; leaving exposed rusted rebar and tendons.  The existing tendons and wedges are also exposed to salt water air and the elements; and have been rusting for four years.  My question is there any probability of the rusted tendons or wedges which are not cut nor grouted from failing; and would the structure be considered unsafe? Can you circulate through your network and see if anyone has any info, or web site forums on or for any multi-story Post Tension (PT) construction failures?

Alexander Bausk
Civil/Structural design & inspection engineer, CAD professional
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Tel. +38 068 4079692
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