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Concrete Structures 7.5 credits

Second cycle, K7002B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Structural Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Building Technology

Entry requirements

Structural engineering I and II or corresponding.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define the design methods of beams, columns and slabs 
2. Define and explain the meaning of different technical terms used in structural design of concrete elements
3. Compute (design in engineering terms) concrete slabs, beams and columns based on Eurocode regulations including detailing of reinforcement, and technical drawings
4. Explain the meaning of the equations used for designing the above structural elements 
5. Judge optimum reinforcement design  

The course is organized in modules, A and B, and sub-parts according to:
A. Concrete beams and columns
B. Concrete slabs
Module A – constitutes a continuation and further development of your knowledge gained in previous courses, related to bending, combined normal force and bending, fatigue, shear and torsion. The detailing part of the concrete structural elements will be addressed through studies and work with Eurocodes. 
Module B – contains knowledge about both the background and design procedures according to: theory of elasticity, the strip method, yield line theory, standard method. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
This course includes teaching and learning activities such as lectures, seminars, project assignments, group work, laboratory testing and quizzes.
The teacher will present the topic of the day of each lecture. With most occasions you will need to prepare ahead of the lecture. You will have to reading from the course literature the chapters indicated by the teacher. You will have to formulate and answer to the questions the teacher will present to you during or ahead of the lecture. Some of these questions will be given at the exam. This process will address ILO’s 1 and 2 (see above). 
During these seminars, the teacher will present examples of applied theory and design methods, and the students will also work individually with examples. The teacher will assist them during this time and give feedback on the student’s work. This will be the best opportunity to ask the teacher if you follow the right path and ask for advices when you encountered difficulties related to the Project assignments (see below). This process will address ILO’s 3 and 4 (see above).
Project assignments
During this course you will solve two project assignments. Assignment 1 consists of designing a concrete structural element such as a beam or column and can be solved in groups of two students or individually by each student. Assignment 2 consist of designing slabs with different methods and can only be solved individually. Data for the assignments are given in a list of parameters for each task different from year to year. The assignments should be reported in a written paper in English based on a predefined template 
The two project assignments are presented in separate documents in Canvas. This process will address ILO’s 4 and 5 (see above).

Laboratory task and group work
With support from a laboratory technician, students will test a slab. For the laboratory task you will work in groups of 4-6 persons. You can choose your group in Canvas.  
During the test you will measure the cracks, map them and record the loads. You will write a report based on these observations and you will present a comparison between theory calculations and the results from the tests. A description of the laboratory task and the template is available on Canvas. This process will address ILO’s 3 and 4 (see above).
The first quiz will open before we meet in Canvas or during our first lecture and serves as an evaluation form of your prior knowledge. The role of this quiz is to let us teachers understand what your level of knowledge at the course start is. The results will allow us to adjust the content of the course so that the intended learning outcomes will be reached.
The final quiz will be available after all theory lectures will be presented and approximately one to two weeks before the oral exam (depending on the Easter vacation). The quiz will consist of theory question with single, multiple answers and explanation with focus on outcomes 1-3. Quizzes will be available in Canvas. 

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The outcomes of the course are assessed through oral examination. This will be carried out in form of presentation of (1) discussion of the quiz results where different questions will be discussed and analysed and (2) the project assignments and laboratory test reports). With the first form of examination, it is intended to assess outcomes 1-3 while with the second outcomes 4 and 5. The examination will take about 30-60 minutes for each student. 
Projects Assignments 1 and 2 and laboratory report must be submitted, corrected and approved prior to exam. It is a precondition to enter exam. All moments of the course are mandatory. 

Grading scale G/U 3 4 5 will be used. 

Gabriel Sas

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Nilsson, M., Olofsson, T. och Jonasson, J-E. (2007). Betongplattor - Teori och dimensioneringsmetoder. Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad, Avdelningen för byggkonstruktion. Skrift 1996:08. 115 sid.
Hillerborg, A. (1996). Strip Method - Design Handbook. London, England: Chapman & Hall. Version 1996. 302 sid.
W.H Mosely, Ray Hulse, J.H Bungey (2012) Reinforced Concrete Design. ISBN 9780230302853
Other delivered material.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Oral examG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA21
0005Project assignmentsU G#3.00MandatoryA21
0006Laboratory reportsU G#1.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021