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G.2.1.1 Circular Steel Strip Sheaths

Sheaths are purchased according to prEN 523 standard. There are two categories of sheath:
normal or reelable category 1 sheath and rigid category 2 sheath. Rigid sheath reduces
the wobble effect and is stronger, but is less easy to shape (curve) by hand.

Diametre 25-35 35-45 45-55 55-65 65-75 75-85 85- 100- 130-
(mm) 100 130 160
min. Category 0,25 0,25 0,30 0,30 0,35 0,35 0,40 0,40 0,40
thickness 1
of sheath Category
0,40 0,45 0,45 0,50 0,50 0,60 0,60 0,60
(mm) 2
Table 7. Thickness of Steel Strip Sheaths

Sheath sections are connected together with helical sleeves screwed onto the ends of the
sheaths. The watertightness at connections is obtained by adhesive tape or heat-shrink sleeves.

G.2.1.2 Oval Steel Strip Sheaths

Model F tendons are generally used together with oval or so-called flat sheaths. These are
oblong sheaths with a stiffening corrugation. Lengths of duct are connected by use of sleeves
of the same shape. The watertightness at connections is obtained by adhesive tape or heat-
shrink sleeves.

G.2.1.3 Option: Galvanisation

On request and if allowed by the applicable national regulations, the sheaths may be hot-dip
galvanised or zinc-plated.

G.2.1.4 Option: Factory-applied LFC Lubrication (Low Friction Coefficient)

On request, crimped sheaths may be made out of soap-lined phosphated steel strip in order to
reduce the friction coefficient between strands and duct during tensioning.

G.2.2 Corrugated Plastic Ducts

Plastics ducts may be of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP). They

conform Appendix C.3 of ETAG 013 and meet the requirements of fib technical bulletin
Corrugated plastic ducts for internal bonded post-tensioning.

The ducts may be circular or flat, but are always corrugated to ensure a bond with the
concrete. The overall outer dimensions of a corrugated plastic duct are about 13 mm larger
than its internal dimensions because of corrugation. This must be taken into account in the

Plastics ducts are sensitive to wear induced by movement of the strands in the duct during
tensioning. Duct thickness is selected in accordance with the severity of the tendon alignment
(total length and radii of curvature).

Special precautions must be taken if the temperature of the surrounding concrete is likely to
exceed 60C during setting or if the external pressure is likely to exceed 0,5 bar.

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