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Study on viability of adopting post tensioned slab construction in Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.advisor Bakaran, Dr. K Culas, JA 2015-02-22T16:58:01Z 2015-02-22T16:58:01Z 2015-02-22
dc.description.abstract This study was undertaken in two phases to identify the viability of adopting post- tensioned slab construction of multi-storied buildings in Sri Lanka. The phase I comprises the questionnaire survey which dealt with the construction practices of multi-storied buildings in Sri Lanka including slab construction. The advantages, disadvantages and cost comparison were carried out for the reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete slabs. Phase II covers two study parts; one is the work study and the other is designs. For the work study, three building projects were selected and their costs were analysed. It confirms that the main cost in a multi-storeyed building is attributable to the slab and beams. In the design study, designs were separately carried out for the conventional reinforced concrete beams and slab and post-tensioned slabs for three (03) live loads of 1.5 kN/m2, 2.5 kN/m2 and 5.0 kN/m2. Their cost comparisons were carried out for different spans as well. Results of phase I study shows 75% of the participants in the survey were having more than 10 years of experience in the construction/design fields and currently 63% of them belong to the private sector. 100% of the participants accepted that the main structural material frequently used in multi-storied buildings in Sri Lanka is reinforced concrete, and 81% accepted that the most costly super structure elements are beams and slabs. Advantages and disadvantages of the reinforced concrete as the structural material are discussed in detail in the report. 13% of the participants posses experience in designing of post-tensioned slabs. However, 94% do not have the experience in construction of post-tensioned slabs. But, some have physically seen post-tensioned slabs construction. 31% of the participants have idea on the cost saving between reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete slab. The main conclusion is post-tensioned slab construction is 25% to 35% cheaper than conventional slabs, but not suitable for small spans. Finally, 65% of the participants accepted that post-tensioned slabs in multi-storied building projects are viable in Sri Lanka. Results of phase II study reveal that the post-tensioned slab is cost effective for spans greater than 6 metres irrespective of the live load applicable. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Study on viability of adopting post tensioned slab construction in Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US M.Eng. en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Civil Engineering en_US 2013
dc.identifier.accno 107070 en_US

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