Prestressed concrete failures due to uplift

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The paper presents some examples of prestressed concrete DOUBLE-TEE (DT) failures caused by hurricane Andrew. The DT's failures was mainly due to the negative moment created by uplift. In some instances a portion of the flange and the stem was torn away, while in other cases, the DT's collapsed altogether. In some instances the uplift was large enough for the beams to be airborne as the anchorage provided was inadequate. Flange failures were also common where DT flanges were used as overhangs with sparse reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures Congress XII
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)087262952X
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
EventProceedings of the Structures Congress '94 - Atlanta, GA, USA
Duration: Apr 24 1994Apr 28 1994


OtherProceedings of the Structures Congress '94
CityAtlanta, GA, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Suaris, W. (1994). Prestressed concrete failures due to uplift. In Structures Congress XII (pp. 1433-1438). Publ by ASCE.