What is PC Strand and its uses

PC Strand, also known as prestressed concrete steel strand, is a type of steel wire made of several high-strength wires twisted to form a cable stress-relieved for use in prestressed concrete. 

How is made? 

At WMC, we produce an uncoated 7-wire strand composed of high carbon steel wires. We cold draw these wires, twist them, and then relieve the stress.

Initially, we place the prestressed concrete steel strand under tension and cast it in concrete for a prestressed application. Subsequently, for a post-tensioning application, we extrude the strand: we coat it with a lubricant and cover it with a plastic sheathing, allowing us to tension it after we cast it in concrete.

What is PC Strand ranges?

  • 3/8” 270K
  • 7/16” 270K
  • 1/2” 270K
  • 1/2” Special 270K
  • 600” 270K

Advantages of PC Strand in construction of concrete structures

  • Increases the lifetime of your concrete structure.
  • Suitable for highway work.
  • Also, suitable for applications in the utility industry, such as concrete poles.
  • Serves post tension applications: cable-stayed bridges, houses, and parking lots.
  • Serves applications in the mining sector: rock and ground anchors to retain mining mesh, and falling objects.

Advantages of WMC’s PC Strand

It provides a number of particular advantages to your projects:

  • We compose our strands of a 270-grade low relaxation 7-wire strand for post-tensioned and prestressed concrete applications.
  • Our prestressed concrete steel strand meets all DOT requirements, and complies with the ASTM A416 standard and the Buy America Act
  • Our facility enables shipping to all 48 contiguous states, and strand orders typically ship within 48 hours after receipt of order.

WMC is an experienced PC Strand manufacturer in the USA.

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