Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete

by edX

Learn the fundamentals of prestressed concrete design and the mechanics of how prestressed materials work under load. The prestressing mechanism provides strength for tensile forces when the material is in service; a common example of use of prestressed concrete is in parking garage



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6 Weeks

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Online Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete Course by edX


Online Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete course by edX


About this course:

This module is currently offered in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering as part of the CE57200 “Prestressed Concrete Design” 3-Credits (CR) course in the area of structural engineering available to senior undergraduate/graduate students.

It integrates science and engineering principles to design prestressed concrete members and structural systems. The application of scientific and engineering knowledge is demonstrated in solving engineering problems associated with the design of precast prestressed building members both composite and non-composite for superimposed loads, and one-way post-tensioned floor slabs systems bonded and unbonded also composite and non-composite for superimposed loads.

Design of pretensioned Hollow-Core slabs, Double-Tee and I-Beam members, and one-way post-tensioned floor slabs is exercised using current building code requirements to provide experiences in realistic design practice.

The following subjects are used to solve engineering problems: calculus and differential equations; use of computer tools, data manipulation, statistical analysis, numerical calculation, and reinforced concrete design principles.


In the edX platform, the course is developed in three modules each of 1-credit:

  • Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete (this course)

  • Pretensioned Structures

  • Post-Tensioned Structures

This course is available to practicing engineers for 1.5 CEUs for learners completing the course on the verified track.


What you'll learn:

  • History of pre-stressed concrete.

  • Use of standard materials.

  • Pretension and post-tension method used in construction.

  • Flexure and shear behavior.

  • Equivalent load concept.


Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S.

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations.

edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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  • Teacher's Name
  • Julio A.
  • Teacher's Experience
  • Dr. Julio A. Ramirez is the Karl H. Kettelhut Professor of Civil Engineering in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering of Purdue University. He is the Principal Investigator and Center Director of the Network Coordination Office (NCO) of the NSF funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). Dr. Ramirez is a voting member of the technical Joint Committee ACI-ASCE 445, Shear and Torsion; and ACI-ASCE Committee 408, Bond and Development of Reinforcement. He served as the chief officer for the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) during the period of October 2009 to September 2015. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Committee on Concrete and Masonry Structures (CCMS) Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Journal and has been a member of several National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) research panels. Prof. Ramirez has served in NSF proposal review panels for several directorates. Dr. Ramirez is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the recipient of the 2000 Delmar Bloem Award and the 2006 Joe W. Kelly Award of the American Concrete Institute.
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