Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: V4at, V4hb, V4sa. Course coordinator: Assistant professor Miklós Molnár, Structural Engineering,, Konstruktionsteknik. Prerequisites: VBK013 Structural Engineering. Recommended prerequisits: VBM012 Building Materials, VSM141 Building Mechanics, VSM150 Engineering Modelling: Analysis of Structures, VBK055 Structural Engineering Building Systems. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 15. Assessment: Written examination and one assignment. Home page:

The course develops understanding of the mechanical behaviour of and skills in designing reinforced concrete structures.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Understand mechanical response of concrete structures with plain and pre-stressed reinforcement throughout their entire expected life-time

Be able to relate relevant theories from the field of mechanics and materials science to practice oriented applications involving reinforced concrete

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to design reinforced concrete structural elements and details

Departing from specific functional requirements be able to model adequate load bearing concrete structures

Departing from available information and acquired knowledge be able to assess technical condition of existing buildings

Be able to deliver written accounts concerning the premises for a design or technical assessment task

Be able to produce written and graphical documentation for a design or technical assessment task

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to relate critically to different calculation and design methods in the field of concrete design

Be able to develop new calculation or design models


The course is given as lectures and exercises. The assignment trains students to independently define, solve and present problems from the field of concrete construction.

English litterature is not used in this course.
Engström, B: Kompendium i betongkonstruktioner. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola 2005.
Olofsson, T., Nilsson, M.: Kompendium i betongplattor. Teori och dimensioneringsmetoder. Luleå Tekniska Universitet 2006.
Engström, B.: Kompendium i dimensionering av diskontinuitetszoner med fackverksanalogi. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola 1996.
Engström, B: Kompendium i beräkning av förspända betongkonstruktioner. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola 1999.
Boverkets handbok om betongkonstruktioner. Boverket 2004. ISBN: 91-7147-816-7.