FAQ 004144 | How do I apply prestress to tension members?

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How do I apply prestress to tension members?


To correctly combine the planned prestress with the other load cases, define a suitable load case and apply a "pulling" strain load to the members concerned. The pulling strain load can be, for example:

  • a negative temperature load Tc distributed uniformly over a cross‑section,
  • a negative axial strain ε,
  • a negative axial displacement Δl,
  • a positive initial prestress V, or
  • a positive final prestress V (in RFEM only).

The input by using the axial displacement is the most comprehensible input as you can directly measure the displacement at the turnbuckle of the tension member.


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