Advanced Concrete Engineering

Om kursen

Content and Objectives
Advanced concrete engineering deals with structural materials, components, connections, structural systems and special applications of reinforced and prestressed concrete. Issues related to different phases are treated such as conceptual design, design and detailing, production, operation and assessment. The course content is complementary to education about concrete structures at undergraduate and masters levels. The content of the course can be described with the following main areas:
  • material behaviour, mechanics and modelling of various types of concrete, reinforcement and prestressing units,
  • behaviour, modelling, design and detailing of components and connections in concrete structures,
  • design issues, problems and solutions in modern types of structural systems,
  • development of solutions with regard to efficient use of resources and sustainability during production and operation.

The aim of the course is to promote development of a deeper understanding of reinforced and prestressed concrete, and to widen the knowledge of various modern applications and current design issues.

Learning outcomes
After the course the participant should be able to:
  • describe the field of concrete engineering, its challenges and possibilities,
  • solve various problems in concrete engineering, development and research,
  • communicate fundamental knowledge in the field of concrete engineering in a pedagogical way
  • relate the own research topic or development work to the field of concrete engineering.

Recommended basis for the course is masters level in Structural engineering. The course should be of interest for:
  • graduate students, teachers and researchers in structural engineering and concrete science,
  • practicing structural engineers wanting to specialise in concrete engineering.

Course plan
The course will take place in spring 2024 and will have a total duration of about four months and includes three preparation periods (four weeks each) and three concentrated sessions (three days each)

Preparation period 1: four weeks (tbd)
Session 1: three days (tbd)
Preparation period 2: four weeks (tbd)
Sesion 2: three days (tbd)
Preparation period 3: four weeks (tbd)
Session 3: three days (tbd)

Note! The value of the course depends very much on the effort of the participants during the preparation periods and the active contributions to discussions and group work at the sessions. Therefore, high engagement and involvement are requested.

The literature and lectures are in English.

Registration for the course should be made no later than December 15, 2023 by e-mail to course responsible. Please state your name, phone, e-mail address, affiliation and your research topic.
The basic registration fee is 20 000 SEK. Participants is free for PhD students from:
  • Research groups within the Structural Engineering field of Sveriges Bygguniversitet (i.e Chalmers, KTH, Luleå and Lund)
  • Nordic Five Tech universities (i.e. DTU, NTNU, Aalto University, KTH and Chalmers)

For other students, information about payment can be obtained from contact person. The cost for travel and accommodation has to be covered by each participants.

Course organization
The course is a part of the course program in the National graduate school I Structural Engineering within "Sveriges Bygguniversitet". The course venue is Chalmers.

The written documentation is put together into a course compendium in English. Students in masters courses should be able to use this compendium in courses or in connection with masters projects.

Time plan
Final date for registration: December 15, 2023.
January 31, 2024: Topics are distributed among the course participants, and the preparation period starts.
Two weeks before the actual session: The prepared presentation and proposed active learning exercise are sent to the supervising teacher who gives feedback and advises within one week
One week before the actual session: Further development of the presentation.

Mer information

Karin Lundgren,


Lecturers (when given latest time)