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overstretching

The stressing of steel tendons to a value higher than designed for the initial stress; this is done (a) to overcome frictional losses, (b) to overstress temporarily the steel to reduce creep in the steel which occurs after anchorage, and (c) to counteract the loss of prestressing force that is caused by the subsequent prestressing of other tendons.
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I'm not sure making a simple distinction between stretch and overstretch is helpful.
It says: "Serious problems of undermanning and overstretch in the Armed Forces have been left unaddressed by the Government, which instead has focused on introducing high-tech innovations to tackle 21st Century threats.
And the real victim of imperial overstretch was, of course, the Soviet Union.
Jill Hyndman, who is just 4ft 9in, developed a tendon injury in her right arm because she had to overstretch by nine inches.
This week there have been concerns raised about military overstretch.
But it is crucial for anyone buying a mortgage with a rate cap or something similar which means that they can buy with safety for the minimum of five years and overstretch will not become an issue should interest rates rise.
Finance director Trevor Woolley said: "I'm not sure making a simple distinction between stretch and overstretch is helpful.