Advanced Concrete Engineering

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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,
  • solutions with regard to efficient use of resources and sustainability during production and operation 

Learning outcomes
    After the course the participant should be able to
      • describe the field of concrete engineering, its challenges and possibilities,
        • demonstrate advanced and up-to-date specialised knowledge in a limited area of this field,
          • communicate fundamental knowledge in the field of concrete engineering in a pedagogical way,
            • relate their own research topic or development work to the field of concrete engineering, and
              • demonstrate the ability to review and evaluate research work withing the area. 

                    Recommended basis for the course is Master’s level in Structural Engineering, including MSc courses in Concrete Structures. The course should be of interest for
                      • PhD students, teachers and researchers in structural concrete,
                        • practising structural engineers specializing in concrete engineering.

                            Time plan
                              The course will take place in 2024. 
                                Startup: Online meeting defining topics, groups and timeplan (Preliminary March 8, 13-15; alternatively March 12, 13-15)
                                  Preparation period 1a: At least two weeks 
                                    Outcome: Literature and detailed learning outcomes for all topics decided.
                                      Preparation period 1b: At least four weeks 
                                        Outcome: Lectures for Session 1 planned, quizzes designed and published.
                                          Session 1, Introductory lectures: Three days (Preliminary: April 24-26; alternatively May 22-24. To be decided latest on the Start-up meeting)
                                            Preparation period 2a: At least two weeks 
                                              Outcome: Literature read; quizzes done by all participants.
                                                Preparation period 2b: At least four weeks 
                                                  Outcome: Lectures for Session 2 planned.
                                                    Session 2, Continuation lectures: Three days (Preliminary: June 24-26; alternatively August 26-28. To be decided latest on the Start-up meeting)
                                                      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, engagement and involvement are requested.
                                                        The literature and lectures are in English. 

                                                        Registration for the course should be made no later than January 30, 2024 on this link:, where you will state your name, e-mail address, affiliation, your research topic (or special area of interest if you are practicing engineer), link to you Lic. thesis if you have one, email address of your PhD supervisor (please leave blank if you are a practising engineer), and which of the alternative dates above that work in your calendar.

                                                        The basic registration fee is 20 000 SEK (payment after the start-up meeting when the topics are decided). Participation 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 PhD students, information about payment can be obtained from the contact person. The cost for travel and accommodation has to be covered by each participant.

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

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                                                          Karin Lundgren,