Prestressed beam with openings (EN)

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By following this tutorial step-by-step, you will learn how to use IDEA StatiCa Detail and how to design and code-check a reinforced Prestressed beam with openings according to the code in minutes.


1 New project

Start a New project in IDEA StatiCa Detail.

In the Discontinuity Region Wizard, set the concrete and reinforcement grade and define the Concrete cover thickness. Select the Beams template and End support.

The basic model is created. 

2 Geometry

First, define the cross-sections. Two I-shape sections will be used. Click on green arrows (1) and select the I-Shape with haunch (2). After that modify the Geometry (3)of the section. 

Define the second cross-section in the same way.

Modify beam M1, you have to turn off the trimmed end, add haunch, select the proper cross-sections, and adjust the length and alignment. When the beam M1 is set, click on copy button to create the second part of the beam. Then modify the M2 beam.

Add the opening by clicking the plus button and selecting openings.

Modify the geometry of the opening O1. Once you are done click on the copy button to create a new opening O2. Then proceed in the same way with the other openings. You can see the geometry settings below.

The last items to update in the Geometry tab are supports. There are several types of supports in the Detail application. Delete Point support PS1 which was created by the template.

Click on the plus button, and then click on Point distributed support to create new support.

Set the Distributed point supports DPS1 according to the figure below. Copy the support and adjust the new support DPS2.

The Distributed point supports were chosen because of the possibility of using the Partially loaded areas. You can learn more by reading this article: Partially loaded areas. You can even add a Reinforcement to the partially loaded areas. This option is omitted in this case. It is done by setting the distance between rebars greater than the height of the PLA.

The geometry of the beam is set, your beam should look like this:

3 Loads

Go to the Loads in the Navigator. Rename the Load case LC1 to P and change its Type to Prestressing.

Add two new Loas cases by clicking on the plus Load case (1) button. Rename and set the Load type (2) of all remaining load cases. Select combination C1 (3). Click on the pencil button (4) and modify the combinations factors (5). Confirm changes (6).

Since you do not need to evaluate the individual load cases, they are unchecked which implies that they will not be analyzed. The calculations will be performed only for the checked items (combinations C1, C2, and C3).

Switch to the Load impulses. Delete the Line load LL1 from load case P. This load case will stay empty. 

Toggle the Current load case to SW. Delete all loads in this case. Click on the plus button and apply the Self-weight.

The self-weight was added to the load case SW, which is Prestressing Load type. It is important to read the Knowledge base article - How to set self-weight for prestressed beam in Detail. You will learn why is self-weight set as a prestressing load type.

Add a Point load to the load case G.

Set the Point load Pl1, and press the copy button. Then set the master member of the Point load Pl2 to M2 and again click on the copy. Pl3 has to be moved to the middle of the span. Adjust the X and Y positions.

Similar point loads need to be created for load case Q. The only difference is the value of the load, which will be -75 kN.

4 Reinforcement

Once the load has been defined, you can proceed to define the reinforcement.

Let the Design tools display the regions with tension/compression.

Toggle the Mode to Input/Edit, turn off the Grid, and turn off the Topology optimization.

Gradually modify the reinforcement items. Let's start with Cages ST1, where the update of the Distances is needed. Distances are adapted to the shear stress, which is greater near the supports, and as you will see below the distances are densified in the area of anchorage of the prestresses wires.

The next item on the list is the longitudinal Group of bars GB1

The top bars have to be modified too.

Last but not least reinforcement to be placed are the additional bars around the openings. Simply click on the plus button and select the Cages Around opening.

There are six openings, so you have to create six items of Reinforcement around the opening. All of them will be the same, only the M - Master has to be changed. First, modify the RO1 as follows.

Then create another five copies of the cages, and assign the proper M - Master to each of the items.

The model is reinforced, and it should look like this.

5 Prestress

Cables and wires can be set in the reinforcement tab. You have already created the Load case P, which will be used for the prestress. This roof beam will be prestressed by Pre-Tensioned wires.

Simply click on the plus button and choose Prestressing tendon to create the first group of wires. 

The three groups of wires are needed. Once you finish the process of modification of item PT1, you can copy it, adjust the geometry of PT2, copy PT2 and again modify the geometry of PT3.

The model is finally done.

6 Check

Go to the Check tab in the Navigator and get the program to calculate your model. 

Once the analysis is done, you can go through the results

In the data window at the bottom, all detailed results can be found. Now the strength check of the concrete in ULS combination (C1) is presented. You can notice the portion of applied Prestressing, Permanent, and Variable load (P100%, G100%, V100%.) 

Start with click on the Strength tab. This will open concrete ULS checks such as utilization in stress, stresses in principal direction, strains, and also a map of reduction factor kc. The C1 combination was used to check ULS.

If you want to see such results for reinforcement, you need to click on the row with the Reinforcement title. This will change the ribbon options and also will unroll the table for results. You can display results for strains and stresses in each bar and their utilization.

You can also display results for Tendons. Options are similar to the Reinforcement tab.

The results of SLS checks can be found in the StressCrack, and Deflection tab. For the Stress limitation state, the C2 combination was governed to check the concrete, while C3 to check the reinforcement tendons.

Select the Tendon row. The code check will be displayed. The loads have to be properly assigned to the load types to obtain correct stresses in tendons. As it was mentioned above, reading the Knowledge base article - How to set self-weight for prestressed beam in Detail is needed.

Calculated crack widths can be displayed in the Crack tab (combination C2). The calculated values are compared to the limit value wlim.

Last but not least, see the Deflection check. Deflections are available for quasi-permanent combinations. If you want to check deformations for 100% of the variable loads, you will have to create a quasi-permanent combination with a full variable load. In this case, the C3 combination includes only 20% of variable loads.

You can display short-term and long-term deflections. Go to the Deflection tab and display the short-term deformed shape for Prestressing load type. Please note, that you set the self-weight as Prestressing load type. So the displayed deformations are caused by self-weight and tendons.

The long-term deformations are calculated using the creep coefficients. You can set the different coefficients for the Prestressing load type φpres and for the Permanent load type φperm to simulate the different times of application of these load types. You can set the coefficients in the Materials & models in the Project summary in the Navigator. The default values were left in this project. 

To switch to the total deflections, simply click on uz,tot button.

7 Report

At last, go to the Report Preview/Print. IDEA StatiCa offers a fully customizable report to print out or save in an editable format.

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