Course syllabus

Betong i livscykelperspektiv
Concrete in a Life-cycle Perspective

VBMN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Elective for: V4-at, V4-ko
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Concrete is the world's most widely used building material. Concrete structures are expected to perform well during a very long service-life without unplanned maintenance. Consequently, good utilization of resources requires a selection of materials and structural design concept by considering the complete life-cycle of the building or structure.

The course is meant to give the student a deeper understanding of how the properties of concrete depend on the composition of the material, the curing during construction and why and how the performance changes during its service-life. The course is also meant to give the student an ability to express performance criteria on concrete, select material components and composition and predict the performance during its service-life, in various applications.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

After the course the student should

· well know and understand basic phenomena i fresh, hardening and hardened concrete

· understand the behaviour of concrete during production and normal use in various environments and during the entire servfice-life

· be able to put the environmental consequences of cement and concrete into a larger perspective

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

After the course the student should

· have the ability to select concrete material and structural design concept in a life-cycle perspective and to assess the state of existing concrete structures

· be able to use the knowledge in advanced applications and to generalize it to completely new applications in buildings and structures.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

After the course the student should have a clear picture of how to express performance criteria for concrete and how they can be fulfilled through selction of mix composition, production technology and maintenance measures, in a life-cycle perspective.


A central part is the performance over time and again processes in concrete and structures during production and normal use in various environments. The effects of environmental actions, required space for movements and crack risk evaluation are dealt with. Additionally, the selection of concrete constituents and composition fo fulfil given performance requirements is included.

In small groups do the students cast different concretes and study its properties regarding for example heat development, strength, self-dessication and chloride penetration. The experiments are presented both written and oraly.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: A written exam, student experiment written report and oral presentation and and a written assignment with a scentific paper.

Code: 0113. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination
Code: 0213. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory Work


Required prior knowledge: VBMF05 Building Material Science and VBK013 Structural Engineering.
The number of participants is limited to: No
Selection: Final grade on VBM012 Building Materials.
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 16.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBM031

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Lektor Katja Fridh,
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