As a specialist of structural systems and ground engineering, we provide bespoke solutions combining design and methods, in-house systems and project execution for the construction of transport infrastructure worldwide.
Ground engineering, post-tensioning, heavy lifting…: discover our solutions to cater for a complex architecture, difficult site conditions, accelerated schedules and more.
Industrial & energy-producing structures
As a specialist of structural systems and ground engineering, we provide bespoke solutions combining design and methods, in-house systems and project execution for the construction of industrial and energy-producing structures worldwide.
As specialists of structural components, we specialise in the repair or replacement of parts of an asset that are essential to guarantee continued safe use. The repair or replacement of parts of an asset due to structural deterioration is essential to maintain or reinstate it in a condition that guarantees continued safe use. As specialists of structural components, VSL helps owners and asset managers to define a tailored-made solution balancing cost, safety, continuity of service, performance and durability.
We offer structural modification solutions to accommodate new uses or requirements that help maintain a structure’s value, comply with the latest design codes and safety recommendations or answer to new needs.
VSL designs, manufactures and installs durable, state-of-the-art post-tensioning systems that comply with international standards and approval guidelines for both new and existing structures.
What are post-tensioning systems?
In the early fifties, post-tensioning systems for the prestressing of concrete were developed by specialists, such as VSL in Switzerland.
Even though post-tensioning is a mature technology, it is still a fantastic tool for the design engineer as it enables the active definition of the internal load path in concrete structures by superposing a favorable state for the internal stresses. This enables deformations to be minimized, helps reduce the thickness of members, reduces reinforcement congestion, facilitates segmental construction without the need for wet joints and allows the use of high-strength steel.
Solutions for any post-tensioning system applications
VSL post-tensioning technology includes several systems that are specifically designed for different applications and requirements. The choice of a suitable system can be made by considering three key criteria:
Type of structural element – the depth of the structural element influences the type of system to be used:
Slab tendons with flat ducts are generally used for thin structural elements (slabs)
Multistrand tendons can be used for any other application
Structural design – taking account of structural design requirements
Post-tensioning can be introduced using internal or external tendons, or a combination of both
In addition, slab post-tensioning tendons can be either bonded or unbonded depending on the application
The extent of protection needed to safeguard the tendon against corrosion. The tendon encapsulation is chosen depending on the required protection level (PL) – PL1, PL2, PL3 as defined by fib Bulletin 33.
E-WT: External tendons for bridge girders and wind towers
Relying on our long-lasting expertise in post-tensioning and stay cables, we have developed custom external tendon systems made of individually protected strands. Our newest solutions are adapted to ever higher and stronger concrete wind towers – including offshore, as well as ever slender bridge girders.
Working procedures – key for quality
As an experienced specialist contractor, VSL carries out high quality installation using trained personnel and reliable equipment, in accordance with well-proven procedures that ensure high quality and achieve the required performance.
Effective grouting is absolutely key to ensuring durability and hence safety and sustainability.
Structural monitoring for post-tensioning systems
VSL offers various accessories and services for structural monitoring such as:
The VCS (Void Corrosion Sensor), which guarantees that the tendon has been properly grouted and confirms the properties of the grout protecting the strand;
The EIT (Electrically Isolated Tendons) system allows for long-term monitoring of tendon encapsulation and detection of the location of any possible defects;
In-service monitoring for special structures such as nuclear power plants (covering factors including tendon elongation and force).