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Tiebacks & Tiedown Anchors

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Williams Grade 150 KSI All-Thread Bars, Grade 75 All-Thread Bars and 270 KSI low relaxation strand have been successfully used as Prestresed Ground Anchors for a wide variety of Civil Engineering applications. Bonded deep into the ground using cementitious grout, these anchors transfer necessary forces to resists walls from overturning, water tanks from uplift, towers from uplift, dams from rotating and other naturally or phenomenally occurring forces applied to structures. Anchors are designed and fabricated to the latest standards as set forth in the Post-Tensioning Institute’s Recommendations for Prestressd Rock and Soil Anchors. Anchor capacity is a function of the steel capacity as well as the geotechnical holding capacity. Steel capacity should be limited to 80% maximum test load and 60% lock-off load for permanent applications. Geotechnical capacity is a function of ground bond stress characteristics which can be optimized by field procedures.
Elements of a Tieback/Tiedown Anchor
Tiedown and other prestressed ground anchors work on the same philosophy as the tieback anchors with a load transfer to a structure. Key elements to all these types of anchors include:
  • Anchor Bond Zone
  • Uninhibited load transfer through the Free Zone
  • Anchors prestressed and locked off at a predetermined load.
Tieback Walls
Tieback Walls rely on prestressed anchors transferring load to a structural front fascia to resist naturally occurring deflection forces resulting from below grade excavated bulkhead construction. The anchors achieve their geotechnical capacity by being bonded deep into the ground and behind the theoretical failure plane where the ground movement would originate should the anchors not be present. The portion of the tieback anchor carrying the load in the soil is known as the bond length. The anchor transfers the load applied to the bond length uninhibited through the failure zone by using a bond-breaker. This portion of the anchor containing the bond-breaker is known as the free-stressing length. The anchor finally terminates at the front fascia of the wall to an anchor head consisting of a plate and hex nut. The anchor head is prestressed against the outer shoring system of the wall, which in most cases would be steel soldier piles with intermediate wood lagging.
Anchor Load Transfer Concepts
Anchor Load Transfer Concepts of Tie-Downs & Tie-Backs
Taken from PTI’s Recommendations for Prestresed Rock and Soil Anchors
Corrosion Protection
Corrosion protection for tiebacks is specified per PTI as either Class I or Class II. MCP pregrout in a polyethylene corrugated sleeve is commonly used for permanent protection schemes. Epoxy coating (per ASTM 775 or 934) is often used an enhancement to Class I protection.
Tiedown & Tieback Specifications
For a detailed breakdown of the parts and components involved in tiebacks, click on the image to the right. Tie Down & Tie Back Specifications
Bars Associated with Tiebacks & Tiedowns
For bar selection, Williams offers two continuously threaded bars. The Grade 75 All-Thread Rebar is available in lengths up to 50' for all diameters, and the 150 KSI All-Thread-Bar is available up to 50' in length for 1", 1-1/4" and 1-3'8" and up to 25' in length for 1-3/4" diameter. Also available is the Williams Hollow Bar system.
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