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103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one

By: John P. Miller, PE, S.E.

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one

This is Part One of a three-part course that covers the fundamentals of post-tensioned concrete for building structures using unbonded tendons. This course is intended to be an introductory course for structural engineers new to post-tensioned concrete design, and is a good refresher for experienced structural engineers. Part One should be taken before Parts Two and Three.

Part One gives a brief historical background and post-tensioned members are differentiated from pre-tensioned members. You will learn about the load balancing concept, hyperstatic moments, pre-stress losses, the basic requirements of ACI 318 (Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete), and nominal flexure and shear capacities of post-tensioned members.

Part Two illustrates examples of two of the structural systems commonly used in buildings and parking structures, namely a one-way continuous slab and a two-span beam. Part Two is an example-intensive course, with key concepts introduced along the way.

Part Three continues with the study of two-way, post-tensioned slab systems, including a complete design example using the Equivalent Frame concept. Part Three also covers related topics such as punching shear for two-way slabs and moment transfer at the column. Part Three is an example-intensive course, with key concepts introduced along the way.

By successfully completing all parts of this three-part course, you should be comfortable performing a preliminary design by hand and be able to quickly check a computer generated design or an existing design by hand.

103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one
Terry Herrmann
10/31/2017
Verified Buyer
I have no prior experience or training with pre-stressed / post-tensioned concrete design, but was interested because this is a topic I've heard about more often the past few years. thought the course was well laid out and covered information that I was hoping to gain a better understanding of.
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103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one
David Clark
08/28/2017
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Great course that remains technical. However, with no experience in post-tension design, some of the questions were very difficult to answer; especially for Part One of Three.
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103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one
Jeff Fisher
02/22/2017
Verified Buyer
Good coverage of the fundamentals for someone not versed in the design of post-tensioned concrete structures.
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103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one
02/13/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent review of the concepts of post-tensioning. Perfect to recall the basics, particularly if you haven't done PT design in a while
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103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one
Peter Svoboda, PE
01/12/2017
Verified Buyer
Confusing, unclear, extremely complicated, more so than it has to be. The intent of the course is to learn not to try to guess what the instruction is trying to say or get at and then try to answer questions that are unclear and confusing. This course could have been very helpful to those that need a basic understanding of the concepts but was too overwhelming for the simple minded engineer.
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103-Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part one
John Elamad,PE, CGC
11/27/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent course.
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A course with Substance
Anonymous reviewer
03/31/2016
Verified Buyer
This was the first of a three-part course, and my first time ordering a course through SunCam. The amount of material covered exceeded my expectations. Some courses (from other continuing education providers) tend to provide little, if any useful information. Well done. I look forward to the next one.
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103 fundamentals of post tensioned concrete design for buildings - 1
David Mueller
01/02/2016
good material. Concrete stresses, shear stresses, and reinforcing philosophies very well presented
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103 Fundamentals of Post-Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings - Part One
Gerald E. Kinyon, P.E.
12/14/2015
Verified Buyer
This course presented the fundamentals of post-tensioning in a very clear and concise format. I followed ACI 318 as I progressed through the material and found it to be easily understood. The availability of Mr. Miller to answer several questions was very helpful. A possible improvement would be to cite the ACI equation numbers in the text next to the equations to help tie the course work and ACI 318 together. I thought the test was fair, yet thorough enough to document learning. I will be studying Part Two next to further my knowledge of post-tensioning.
Good course.
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Post-Tension Part 1
James H. Fawcett
10/28/2015
Verified Buyer
Good course.
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Very informative
Jim Henry
08/07/2015
Overall this course was very informative and will make you want to move on to parts 2 and 3. The test is not a quick review. It will make you think.
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anonymous
05/17/2015
Very good material and well explained. Agree with some reviewers that some questions are too elaborated; suggest being more straight forward and comprehensive. Another suggestion: Vn and Mn are correctly referred to as nominal shear and flexural strength throughout the material; however, when multiply by the strength reduction factor (phi) they cannot longer be "nominal", rather they become "design" or "resisting" strengths. Thanks.
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Excellent In-depth coverage
CM
02/03/2015
The course material and the examples were thorough, yet basic enough that someone new to pre-stress would be able to follow the progression of the material. I do however, think one of the test questions was misworded. For #8 the question should ask about "Hyperstatic forces" not "Hyperstatic moments".
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anonymous
12/05/2014
Good intro to the topic. Writing was clear. Test difficulty was appropriate.
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Arthur R DiNicolantonio
12/04/2014


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Dr. John K. Paik
12/01/2014
I tought prestressed concrete in graduate schools and was chief engineer East of T. Y. Lin & Assoc., but I had difficult time understanding some of the questions.

Mr. Dunn of SunCam was highly professional, knowledgeable and helpful, and I sincerely appreciated his assistance. I will recommend all my colleagues to use Sun Cam for future tests where applicable. I certainly will in the future. Thank you, Mr. Dunn. You are great!!
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Daniel
09/03/2014
Course material is good. Test wording was unnecessarily tricky/unclear at times.
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anonymous
02/23/2013
The course is very helpful to refresh the post-tension design concepts. But the questions are not clear and those are not totally related to the text. Please change the wording of the questions.

The challenge question at this review is a tricky point of evaluation. I give three stars at this course.
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anonymous
01/01/2013
Good background and refresher course.
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Excellent course
Randy
10/22/2012
This is an excellent course, well written, concise and very helpful. I would highly recommend it.
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Good introduction to PT
anonymous
12/14/2011
This was a consice and well written introduction to Post-Tensioned concrete design.
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anonymous
02/26/2011
very good
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Donald J. Smith
12/09/2010
This was one of the best Continuing Ed Courses I've taken for a very long time.
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