Reinforced? Prestressed? Post-Tensioned? Some precast concrete is prestressed and reinforced, but not all reinforced concrete is prestressed. Which construction method can I perform at the job site? Which one will need to be manufactured and delivered to my project? Confused? Let's clear up the differences between prestressed and reinforced concrete and how the two can work in tandem.
All concrete looks pretty much the same on the outside, but inside, concrete contains steel that has been designed using years of extensive engineering and construction experience. In this interactive, online course, we will peer inside and see what reinforcing steel and pre-stressing strand can do for a structure. This course will focus on reinforced concrete and stressed (pre and post) concrete. Each type will be covered in depth.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Discuss and specify prestressed and reinforced concrete and precast concrete products
List the component materials of concrete
Differentiate between stressed and conventionally reinforced concrete
Describe the steps and order taken to produce both prestressed and reinforced concrete
List the advantages and disadvantages of prestressed and reinforced concrete
Discuss tensile versus compressive strength
Describe how to select either prestressed or reinforced concrete for a specific project