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SECTION INCLUDES A. Pretensioning, fabricating, curing, transporting, storing, and erecting prestressed concrete members.


RELATED SECTIONS A. B. C. D. E. F. Section 03055: Portland Cement Concrete Section 03211: Reinforcing Steel and Welded Wire Section 03310: Structural Concrete Section 03390: Concrete Curing Section 05120: Structural Steel Section 05822: Bearings


REFERENCES A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. AASHTO M 111: Zinc (Hot-dip Galvanized) Coatings on Iron and Steel Products AASHTO M 169: Steel Bars, Carbon, and Alloy, Cold-Finished AASHTO M 203: Steel Strand, Uncoated Seven-Wire for Prestressed Concrete AASHTO M 270: Structural Steel for Bridges AASHTO/AWS D1.5: Bridge Welding Code AASHTO LRFD Bridge Construction Specifications ASTM C 150: Portland Cement American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Prestressed Concrete 03412 Page 1 of 9 January 1, 2008

I. J. K. 1.4 1.5

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) US Military Specifications UDOT Quality Management Plans Not Used


Certifications: 1. Certification stating the manufacturers minimum guaranteed ultimate tensile strength for each sample of prestressing steel. 2. AISC Simple Steel Bridge Structures (SBR) Certification for structural steel fabrication. 3. The certified calibration chart required by this Section, article 3.2 A. Prestressing Steel: 1. Furnish three 6 ft long strand samples from each heat or lot that will be used on the project, at no additional cost to the Department. 2. Testing may require 14 calendar days after the date of receipt. Submit five sets of working shop drawings of the prestressing system sufficiently before the start of the affected work to allow time for review by the Engineer and correction by the Contractor without delaying the work. 1. Show complete details and substantiating calculations of the method, materials, and equipment to be used in the prestressing operations, including any additions or rearrangement of reinforcing steel and any revision in concrete dimensions from that shown on the plans. 2. Outline the method and sequence of stressing. Include complete specifications and details of the prestressing steel, working stresses, and all other data pertaining to the prestressing operation. Include the proposed arrangement of the prestressing steel in the members. Include the cutting or release pattern. 3. Do not begin fabrication or installation of prestressing material before approval of the drawings. 4. Do not deviate from the approved shop drawings unless authorized in writing. Contractor is responsible for costs incurred due to faulty detailing or fabrication. 5. Engineer reserves the right to retain these drawings up to 14 calendar days without granting an increase in the number of working days for the project. This is reduced to 7 days when drawings are submitted electronically. This right applies each time the drawings are submitted. Prestressed Concrete 03412 Page 2 of 9 January 1, 2008




Erection Plan: Submit an erection plan 10 days before beginning erection of prestressed concrete members for documentation purposes only. The Engineer will not approve the erection Plan. Fully illustrate the proposed method of erection. Provide complete details of the process including but not limited to: 1. Temporary supports, bracing, guys, dead-men, lifting devices, connection details, and attachments to bridge members. 2. The erection schedule and sequence, crane location, crane capacities, location of lifting points on the bridge members, member weights, and any other assumed loads during progressive stages of construction. 3. Complete details for all anticipated phases and conditions during erection. 4. Minimum number and arrangement of primary members, secondary members, connections, etc. that must be installed, braced, and properly connected to provide structural integrity and stability. 5. Incorporate into the plan the requirements from this Section, article 3.7. 6. The erection plan and supporting documents will be approved, signed, and sealed by a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Utah. The Professional Engineer must approve all changes to the erection plan before implementation. 7. UDOT prefers a PCI Certified Erector.


ACCEPTANCE A. Girders may be accepted at a reduced price when the average compressive strength is at least 94 percent of the specified strength. 1. Price reduction factor is as follows: Price Reduction Factor = 1.00-0.30 Where: fc = specified 28-day compressive strength in psi. AVG = average compressive strength of 3 cylinder breaks in psi. Department will calculate the amount paid by multiplying the contract unit price for the prestressed concrete member by the price reduction factor.
f 'c AVG 0.06 f ' c


PART 2 2.1


CONCRETE A. B. Portland Cement: Type I or Type II, or Type III, low alkali. Type III cement: conform to ASTM C 150, Table 2, for moderate sulfate resistance. Prestressed Concrete 03412 Page 3 of 9 January 1, 2008


Class AA(AE) concrete according to Section 03055, except as modified below: 1. Air entraining admixture to provide 5.0 to 7.5 percent entrained air. 2. Minimum compressive strength 5,000 psi at 28 days, or as specified in the plans. 3. Minimum compressive strength for transfer of prestressing force is 4,000 psi or as specified in the plans. 4. Maximum slump is 7 inches. 5. Use coarse aggregate gradation meeting the inch No. 4 sieve per Section 03055. 6. Minimum cementitious content must be 611 lb/yd 3. 7. Water-Cementitious ratio must not exceed 0.44 by weight including free-water in the aggregates. Girders: Reject if the average 28-day compressive strength of representative cylinders is less than 94 percent of the specified strength. Core tests are not permitted for compressive strength tests.



PRESTRESSING STEEL A. Meet AASHTO M 203. Use inch or 0.6 inch diameter, Grade 270.


REINFORCING STEEL A. Use coated or corrosion-resistant reinforcing steel as specified in Section 03211.


ELASTOMERIC BEARING PADS A. Refer to Section 05822.


ZINC-RICH PAINT A. Refer to US Military Specification MIL-P-24441/20.


MISCELLANEOUS STEEL ITEMS A. B. C. D. Threaded Rods: AASHTO M 270, Grade 36. Carbon-Steel Shapes and Plates: AASHTO M 270, Grade 36. Carbon-Steel Headed Studs: AASHTO M 169. Automatic end welded. Welding: AASHTO/AWS D1.5. Prestressed Concrete 03412 Page 4 of 9 January 1, 2008

E. 2.7

Galvanize all structural steel items permanently cast into concrete per AASHTO M 111.

QUALITY ASSURANCE A. Use a Department prequalified supplier of precast concrete products according to the UDOT Quality Management Plan: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Structures. EXECUTION

PART 3 3.1

FABRICATION A. B. Comply with camber and dimensional tolerances of PCI MNL 135. Fabricate structural steel per Section 05120. Unless otherwise specified, structural steel for prestressed concrete members requires AISC Simple Steel Bridge Structures (SBR) Certification.


PREPARATION A. All equipment used to stress tendons must be accurate including jacks, pressure gauges, load cells. 1. Calibrate each jack and its gauge as a unit with the cylinder extension in the final jacking force position. 2. Furnish a certified calibration chart. Calibrate the load cell and provide an indicator to determine the prestressing force in the tendon. The range of the load cell must be such that the lower 10 percent of the manufacturers rated capacity is not used in determining the jacking stress. The prestressing force may be tested by Engineer. Provide sufficient labor, equipment, and material to install and support testing equipment at the prestressing tendons and to remove the equipment when testing is completed.


C. D.


PRESTRESSING STEEL A. Clearly mark the shipping package or form with handling instructions and information about the corrosion inhibitor including date, place, safety orders, and instructions for use.

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B. C.

Protect against physical damage and corrosion during shipping, handling, and storing. Replace prestressing steel that has damage, loose rust, pitting, or serious corrosion. Slight rusting that occurs after placement in the beds is acceptable if it does not cause visible pits. Do not oil or grease prestressing strand.

D. 3.4

PRETENSIONING A. B. C. D. Install and support testing equipment at the prestressing tendons and remove the testing equipment after the testing is completed. Tension all prestressing steel with hydraulic jacks so that the force in the prestressing steel is not less than the value shown. Do not allow the initial stress to exceed 70 percent of the specified minimum ultimate tensile strength. Average working stress in the prestressing steel must not exceed 60 percent of the specified minimum ultimate tensile strength of the prestressing steel unless otherwise shown. Maximum temporary tensile stress (jacking stress) in prestressing steel must not exceed 75 percent of the specified minimum ultimate tensile strength. Working force and working stress are the force and stress remaining in the prestressing steel after all losses peculiar to prestressing have either taken place or been provided for. These losses include concrete creep and shrinkage, concrete elastic compression, steel creep, and anchorage take ups. Anchor the prestressing steel at stresses (initial stress) that result in the ultimate retention of working forces not less than those shown. The stress loss in pretensioned, prestressing steel due to creep and concrete shrinkage, steel creep, and concrete elastic compression is as shown on the plans. Check prestressing steel strands in pretensioned members for loss of prestress not more than 12 hours before placing concrete for the members if tensioned individually. Use methods and equipment acceptable to Engineer. Prestressed Concrete 03412 Page 6 of 9 January 1, 2008



G. H.


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Re-tension all strands that show a loss of prestress in excess of three percent. Increase the calculated prestressing steel elongation in pretensioned members to compensate for the loss in stress when it is tensioned at a temperature appreciably lower than the estimated concrete temperature and the prestressing steel at the time of initial set of the concrete. Do not allow the jacking stress to exceed 75 percent of the specified minimum ultimate tensile strength. Maintain a minimum lateral eccentricity of prestress when cutting and releasing prestressing steel in pretensioned members. Submit a cutting or release pattern to the Engineer for prior approval. Do not cut or release prestressing steel in pretensioned members until the concrete in the member has attained a compressive strength of not less than the value shown on the plans or 4,000 psi, whichever is the greater. Cut off all pretensioned, prestressing steel flush with the end of the member except when otherwise shown in the plans. Clean and paint the exposed strand ends and a 1-inch strip of adjoining concrete. Alternatively, cut the strands a minimum of 1 inch back from the girder end, fill the recess with grout, and finish flush with the girder ends. 1. Use a wire brush or abrasive blast cleaning to remove all dirt and residue not firmly bonded to the metal or concrete surfaces. 2. Cover the surfaces with a thick application of zinc-rich paint. Thoroughly mix the paint at the time of application and work it into any voids in the strands. 3. Apply two applications to surfaces that are not covered by concrete or mortar.





PLACE CONCRETE A. B. C. D. Do not place concrete into forms until the reinforcement and prestressing steel has been Department inspected and approved. Vibrate the concrete internally, externally, or both. Avoid displacing reinforcing steel or strands. Finish surfaces of cast-in-place concrete that will later be cast against the top surfaces of precast beams or girders to a coarse texture by brooming with a stiff, coarse broom. Clean such surfaces of laitance or other foreign material by sandblasting before shipping.

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LIMITATIONS A. B. C. Refer to Section 03310 for hot and cold weather limitations. Remove the prestressing member side forms within one to two days provided satisfactory arrangement has been made for curing the concrete. Adequately support the members at all times to prevent dead load bending until after the anchorages for pretensioned members have been released.


CURE A. Cure as specified in Section 03390.


DELIVERY, STORAGE, AND HANDLING A. Store units with adequate dunnage and bracing. Secure and protect units from movement and prevent cracking, distortion, warping, contact with soil, staining, and other physical damage. 1. Store units with dunnage across full width of each bearing point unless otherwise specified. 2. Place stored units so identification marks are clearly visible and units can be inspected. Transport precast girders in an upright position. Support the girders during transportation in approximately the same points they will be supported when installed. Prevent cracking or damaging precast units during storage, hoisting, and handling. Take appropriate measures to prevent girder camber from exceeding the tolerances specified in this Section, article 3.1 until deck is placed. Installation of lifting devices is permitted provided that any portion of the devices that protrudes above the top of the girder is removed when no longer needed. Do not ship prestressed concrete members until tests on concrete cylinders manufactured from the same concrete and cured under the same conditions as the girders indicate that the concrete of the particular member has attained a compressive strength equal to the specified design compressive strength or for seven days after concrete placement, whichever is longer. Prestressed Concrete 03412 Page 8 of 9 January 1, 2008


C. D. E.



ERECTION A. Maintain responsibility for all aspects of girder erection during all stages of construction, including the protection of prestressed concrete members, the workers, and the traveling public. Erect all prestressed concrete members in compliance with the erection plan. Erect girders in a manner that prevents damage to all elements of the structure. Temporarily support, anchor, and brace all erected superstructure members as necessary for stability and to resist wind or other loads until they are permanently secured to the structure. Support, anchor, and brace all superstructure members as detailed in the erection plan before allowing traffic under the bridge. Design temporary supports and falsework according to the current edition of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Construction Specifications, Section 3 Temporary Works. Accurately assemble all parts as specified in the contract documents or erection drawings. Follow any match-marks. Carefully handle materials so that no parts will be cracked, chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged. Use lifting devices in a manner that does not cause damaging, bending, or torsional forces. Clean bearing surfaces and surfaces that will be in permanent contact before the members are erected. Do not open traffic under a partially-erected bridge superstructure, unless allowed in the erection plan or approved by the Professional Engineer who approved, signed, and sealed the erection plan. END OF SECTION




E. F. G. H. I.

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