Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 18.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prof. Jouni Punkki

Stuff Scientist, Fahim Al-Neshawy

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teachers: Prof. Jouni Punkki, and Staff Scientist (D.Sc.) Fahim Al-Neshawy.
Course assistant: M.Sc. Teemu Ojala.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) Identify properties of concrete in the fresh and hardened states and the effects of mineral and chemical admixtures in concrete
2) Perform suitable tests on a range of concrete design mixes using Portland cement and local aggregates
3) Theoretically predict the thermal and strength development of concrete structures
4) Apply knowledge of the principle properties of the components of normal Portland cement concrete and special concrete mixes
5) Identify the chemical or physical process of concrete structures durability concerns, and design their service life.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course covers the following topics:

- Concrete materials (Cement, Aggregates and Admixtures) and proportioning of concrete mixtures
- Cement hydration process and microstructure of the hydrated cement paste
- Properties of fresh and harded concrete
- Special concrete mixes (High strength concrete, Self-consolidating concrete, Fibre reinforced concrete etc.)
- Durability and service life of concrete structure

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Course book : Concrete -
Microstructure, Properties, and Materials and others

Mon7.1.2019Lecture 1Introduction
to concrete

Lecture notes
Wed9.1.2019Lecture 2Cement
and aggregates

Chapter 6 - Cement & Chapter 7 - aggregates
Mon14.1.2019Lecture 3Microstructure
of concrete

Chapter 2 - Microstructure of Concrete
Wed16.1.2019Lecture 4Chemical
admixtures for concrete 

Chapter 8 - Admixtures (8.3 and 8.4)
Mon21.1.2019Lecture 5Supplementary
cementing materials

Chapter 8 - Admixtures (8.5)
Wed23.1.2019Lecture 6Properties
of fresh concrete

Chapter 10 - Concrete at Early Age 
Mon28.1.2019Lecture 7Properties
of hardened concrete

Chapter 3 strength
Wed30.1.2019Lecture 8Concrete
degradation mechanisms

Chapter 5 - Durability
Mon4.2.2019Lecture 9Durability
and Service life design 

BY 65
Wed6.2.2019Lecture 10Sustainability
and Recycling of concrete

Lecture notes
- I
work presentations

- II
work presentations

Mon18.2.2018ExamFinal Exam (13:00 -
16:00 at R1)

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed).
The course outcome assessment includes:

a) Weekly exercises - 16% of the final grade
b) Group assignment and laboratory work - 24% of the final grade
c) Final exam - 60% of the final grade

The course grading: (Final exam 60%) +  (Weekly exercises and group assignment 40%)

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed).
The course outcome assessment includes:

a) Weekly exercises - 12% of the final grade
b) Group assignment and laboratory work - 13% of the final grade
c) Final exam - 75% of the final grade

The course grading: (Final exam 75%) +  (Weekly exercises and group assignment 25%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

ECTS Credit of the course 5 cr
Total workload (Hours) = 5*27 = 135h

24 h of lectures
20 h Weekly exercises and their preparation
34 h Group assignment and laboratory work
54 h individual studies
03 h Final exam


Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Recommended readings:
- [in English] P. Kumar Mehta, Paulo J. M. Monteiro (2006). Concrete : microstructure, properties, and materials. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill ; London, cop. 2006.
       - Chapter 02 – Microstructure of concrete
       - Chapter 05 – Durability of concrete
       - Chapter 06 – Hydraulic cement
       - Chapter 07 – Aggregates
       - Chapter 08 – Admixtures
       - Chapter 09 – Proportioning concrete mixtures
       - Chapter 12 – Progress in concrete technology (special types of concrete)

- [in Finnish] BY 201 Betonitekniikan oppikirja 2004. Julkaisijat: Suomen Betoniyhdistys r.y. Kustantaja: BY-koulutus Oy. Julkaistu: 2012.
- Course lectures and exercises notes and handout


Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Rak-82.3131 Concrete Technology 2

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CIV-E1010 Building Materials Technology 5 op

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed).

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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