What are parasitic forces for prestressing?

In statically determinate structures, prestressing forces would cause the concrete structures to bend upwards. Hence, precambering is normally carried out to counteract such effect and make it more pleasant in appearance.

However, for statically indeterminate structures the deformation of concrete members are restrained by the supports and consequently parasitic forces are developed by the prestressing force in addition to the bending moment generated by eccentricity of prestressing tendons. The developed forces at the support modify the reactions of concrete members subjected to external loads and produces secondary moments (or parasitic moments) in the structure.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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