This educational video from AMSYSCO, Inc. shows the process for determining the Friction Coefficients.
Post Tensioning Institute (definitions):
- Friction Loss: the loss of stress (force) in a prestressing tendon resulting from friction created between the strand and sheathing during stressing.
- Wobble: the friction caused by the unintended horizontal deviation of the tendon.
- Angular Curvature: the friction caused by the profile of the tendon.
American Concrete Institute (ACI-318 Chapter 18, Table R18.6.2) gives ranges for Bonded and Unbonded post tensioning tendons. The lower the Wobble and Angular Curvature friction coefficients are, the higher the force per tendon. A higher force per tendon can help solve field issues such as broken tendons or under-elongations.
AMSYSCO, Inc. recently conducted a field friction test in 2009 for our 0.5″ diameter Unbonded Post Tension Tendon. We used the “load-cell” method (shown in the video) and our friction coefficients outperformed the recommended values given by American Concrete Institute. To request a copy of our results, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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