Increasingly, some companies in India have been promoting and selling a prestressed boundary wall solution in India. They claim that they use 3-4 HT strands to prestress the panels. We became suspicious of this claim because common sense would dictate that these thin panels would bend under the prestressing forces. We decided to investigate by procuring prestressed panels and subjecting them to load tests in comparison to our KK RCC boundary wall system.
In order to test the load bearing capacity of the panels we made a simple test in which we simply supported the panel on both ends and applied a static load in the center by placing known weights (in this case 30 kg concrete kerb stones). The prestressed panels failed at a load of 90 kg while our KK RCC panels were able to take 180 kgs till development of a crack. Shown are pictures of these tests.
This test unambiguously demonstrates that the prestress panel is significantly weaker than our KK RCC panel. One would conclude that the prestressing is non-existant.