elastic shortening

elastic shortening

1.In a structural member, a decrease in the length (under an imposed load) which is linearly proportional to the load.
2. In prestressed concrete, the shortening of a member which occurs immediately on application of forces induced by prestressing.
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pe]--effective stress transferred to the pretensioned member (which considers the prestress losses due to elastic shortening, conditioned by the concrete's modulus of elasticity).
This fracture instability occurs if the elastic shortening of the system exceeds the corresponding plastic lengthening for crack extension.