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CPCI Design Manual

The CPCI 5th Edition Precast Concrete Design Manual is the ultimate publication covering the design, manufacture and installation of precast reinforced and prestressed concrete. It is an essential resource for every precast concrete project. 

CHAPTER 1 – METHODS AND MATERIALS
The chapter on methods and materials has been updated to reflect current applications of precast prestressed concrete. It also includes a new section on the history of precast and prestressed concrete in Canada and an updated section on total precast structural solutions including the addition of sample detail drawings for parking garages, residential, educational, industrial, commercial and stadium applications.

CHAPTER 2 – ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF STRUCTURES
The chapter on the design of structures has been modified to reflect changes in the National Building Code of Canada (2015), particularly the seismic design requirements which have significantly changed the design examples in the 'earthquake design and analysis' section of this chapter.

CHAPTER 3 - DESIGN OF ELEMENTS
The chapter on element design has required revisions due to changes in A23.3 and NBCC 2015. Sections dealing with slabs, hollowcore and both prestressed and non-prestressed beams have been examined to include recent revisions in A23.3. A new example on partial prestressing has been added, and all examples dealing with shear and torsion have been evaluated in the context of the new A23.3 code. Fourth edition errata have been included in this edition, and design examples, graphs and figures have been updated throughout.

CHAPTER 4 - DESIGN OF CONNECTIONS
Design examples and calculations have been updated throughout. The example design of the cazaly hanger has been extensively updated from the last edition. Two new design examples are included; A design example for the baseplate and anchor bolt sizing of a column connection has been added; A design example for strength analysis of a weld group has also been added.

CHAPTER 5 - ARCHITECTURAL PRECAST CONCRETE
The design of architectural precast concrete has been updated to reflect current industry practices. Important new publication references include CPCI Architectural Precast Concrete Walls: Best Practice Guide (2017) and two new precast building envelope guides by RDH Building Science Inc., Maintenance and Inspection Manual for Precast Concrete Building Enclosures (2016), and Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements (2017).

CHAPTER 6 – RELATED CONSIDERATIONS
Technical content has been updated throughout the chapter. New information on apparent sound transmission class (ASTC) has been added in accordance with the new requirements of NBCC 2015, and includes a worked design example for a hollowcore floor assembly. Additional information on building performance for precast concrete wall assemblies, particularly rain control, has also been added from the guide High Performing Precast Concrete Building Enclosures: Rain Control (2013) by RDH Building Science, Inc. The sustainable design and construction section has been updated to include the results of a cradle-to-cradle life cycle assessment (LCA) for a precast concrete commercial building.

CHAPTER 7 – PRODUCT INFORMATION AND CAPACITY
Several new girder products have been added: NU, NEBT, trapezoidal and single void box girders. A significant change is the presentation of girder span tables; these are no longer presented in relation to strand pattern, superimposed load and camber – new span vs. girder spacing tables have been developed in accordance with the CSA S6 CHBDC. Span tables for stadium risers and precast stairs have also been added and new tables have been added for 1220 mm x 254mm and 1220 mm x 356 mm hollowcore slabs.

CHAPTER 8 – GENERAL DESIGN INFORMATION
Several new tables have been added; New information has been added on concrete modulus of elasticity vs density of concrete. The chart on prestressing metric strand diameters has been updated to nominal values. A chart on typical bar bends was added as well as a new chart on bar area equivalents. A new chart is added on the material properties for bolts, nuts and washers. Three new charts have been added on weld symbols, welded joints in precast construction, and weld groups.

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