Experimental study of punching shear in post - Tensioned slabs with unbonded tendons

Seung Ho Choi, Jin Ha Hwang, Sun Jin Han, Hyo Eun Joo, Jae Hyun Kim, Kang Su Kim

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Post - tensioning in flat plate slabs provides the advantage of deflection and crack control under service loads, and can reduce slab thickness. However, due to the reduced slab thickness, post - tensioned flat plate slabs may be susceptible to punching shear failure under ultimate load. This study performed experimental research of the punching shear resistance of post - tensioned flat plate slabs with unbonded tendons. A total of four 3, 100 mm square specimens of 150 mm thick slab were fabricated with the variables of average compressive stress in concrete, tendon layout, and aspect ratio of the column stub. Based on the test results, the load - deflection relationship, patterns of cracks, strains of flexural reinforcement, and force increments in tendons were compared. In addition, the equations for punching shear strength of unbonded post - tensioned flat plate slabs specified in the design codes (ACI 318, Eurocode 2, Model Code) were evaluated in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-516
Number of pages10
JournalStructural Engineering and Mechanics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 25 Aug 2021


  • Flat plate
  • Post-tensioned slab
  • Punching shear
  • Unbonded tendons


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