PC StrandPre-stressed concrete strand (PC strand) is a high-grade, low-relaxation, 7-strand steel cord used in the reinforcement and strengthening of pre-stressed concrete structures. Because it is used in critical applications, this strand consists of high-carbon steel with a high tensile strength, manufactured to the highest quality standards to ensure its durability. PC strand is available in several different thicknesses, ranging between .25 inches and .6 inches in diameter.


  • Commercial buildings
  • High-rise buildings
  • Multi-level parking garages
  • Stadiums
  • Hangars
  • Silos
  • Railway sleepers
  • Aqueducts
  • Highway and railway viaducts
  • Suspension bridges

PC Strand Specs PDF

As a global supplier of steel products, Madison Steel services a wide variety of industries, specializing in direct-from-manufacturer volume purchases at competitive prices. We only use suppliers that provide the highest-quality products, and we coordinate with seven strategic distribution facilities throughout the U.S. to ensure timely deliveries to our customers. Whether your needs include PC strand, guy strand, rebar, music wire, oil-tempered wire, or any of a variety of recycled ferrous and non-ferrous products, we have the resources and the logistics to deliver quality products on time and at a low cost. Please call us at 404-343-4855 to learn more. We look forward to speaking with you about your needs.

Madison Steel is a proud member of these organizations:

Post Tensioning Institute
Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute
Canadian Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute
National Precast Concrete Association

Madison Steel is a global supplier of steel wire, guy strand and related products servicing a variety of industries nationwide. What is PC wire? PC Strand, or prestressed concrete steel strand, is a twisted steel cable composed of 2, 3, 7 or 19 high strength steel wires and is stress-relieved (stabilized) for prestressed concrete or similar purposes. Why prestressing is done? Prestressing can reduce the volume of concrete required in construction, lowering the use and transportation of materials, as well as boosting durability and service life. Concrete is intrinsically resistant to compressive stresses, but its resistance to tension is much lower. What is prestressing steel? This is wire rod with a high carbon content. Depending on the final mechanical and technological properties required, we add various micro-alloys to the steel. Prestressing steels are used in the building industry and need to withstand the highest mechanical stresses. What is prestressing and post-tensioning? Pre-Tensioning Method Steel tendons are stressed prior to concrete placement, usually at a precast plant remote from the construction site. • Post-Tensioning Method. Steel tendons are stressed after the concrete has been placed and. gained sufficient strength at the construction site. PRESTRESSED CONCRETE.

PC Strand

Madison Steel is a global supplier of steel wire and related products servicing a variety of industries, and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Working in conjunction with over 30 manufacturers both domestically and abroad, Madison Steel provides you with access to some of the most consistent, proven wire mills and wire products in the world. On-site Delivery. Managing the delivery process to get you what you need to keep your project on track. What is PC Strand used for? PC Strand is mostly intended for the construction industries to produce precast concrete elements, rock & soil anchors, concrete poles as well as for prestressing and post-tensioning applications. What is cable in prestressed concrete? Wire for prestressed concrete, PC (Prestressed Concrete) wire, is made from steels strongly alloyed with carbon. After the wire-drawing operations, they can be braided. The market for wires and strands for prestressed concrete is subject to standards (national approvals). What is ASTM A416? ASTM A416/A416M-12a - Standard Specification for Steel Strand, Uncoated Seven-Wire for Prestressed Concrete.