Experimental study of moment redistribution before yielding in precast prestressed concrete beams made continuous

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The bending stiffness distribution of beams composed of simple-span precast prestressed beams, which are made continuous by deck reinforcement at intermediate supports, is not constant. As the structure undergoes loading, the deck slab at the intermediate support cracks earlier than the prestressed span soffit and due to that the bending stiffness distribution changes along the beam length. The effect of nonconstant bending stiffness distribution on the moment redistribution of the structure before the yielding is studied experimentally and analytically. Two continuous beams with spans of 10 m + 10 m were manufactured, loaded to failure, and studied. It was concluded that the studied structure undergoes considerable moment redistribution before yielding although it would be designed for zero redistribution at the ultimate limit state. If this elastic redistribution is neglected in the structural analysis, the service limit state sagging moment at midspan may end up on the unconservative side. Elastic redistribution can be predicted quite accurately with the help of nonlinear analysis or roughly with simplified idealization as proposed in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • bending stiffness
  • moment redistribution
  • moment–curvature
  • precast concrete
  • prestressed concrete
  • statically indeterminate structures

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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