The Story of Eugène Freyssinet

This article examines the work of Eugène Freyssinet, who is best known for inventing prestressed concrete. His contributions to engineering, however, extend much further than that. He was a craftsman and bridge builder, whose arch bridges broke the world record for span length. He designed and built the Prairéal-sur-Besbre Bridge, which featured the first application of precompression in a concrete arch for the purpose of removing its formwork. Freyssinet observed the time-dependent behavior of concrete under load, now known as creep, a phenomenon which administrative authorities at the time denied the existence of. His observation of creep eventually lead Freyssinet to the development of prestressing.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 47-52
  • Serial:
    • Concrete International
    • Volume: 35
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: American Concrete Institute (ACI)
    • ISSN: 0162-4075

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  • Accession Number: 01497820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 2013 2:14AM