Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. VBKN05 overlaps following cours/es: VBK020. Optional for: V4at, V4hb, V4ko. Course coordinator: Professor Annika Mårtensson,, Structural Engineering. Prerequisites: VBK013 Structural Engineering. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 15. The number of participants is limited to 60 Selection criteria: 1.credits remaining for the degree 2.grades on VBK courses. Assessment: Written examination and two assignments. 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.