“What if it pushes back before it’s pushed?”

Prior Counteraction: Anticipating problems or damage that will likely occur and taking action to mitigate or eliminate these negative effects.


By stressing reinforcing steel rods (rebar) before enveloping it concrete, the structure is better able to resist stresses in the opposite direction.

Large flat bed trailers with prestressed chassis have their decking and beams bowed upwards so that the load presses them down flat rather than into a weak downward bow.

More examples

As I stumble across real world examples of this Inventive Principle in action I add them here.

Your turn

What problems do you face that this inventive principle could help solve? Have you used this principle before?