Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • give knowledge of factors to be considered in the design of prestressed concrete structures
  • understand the difference between pre- and post-tensioned suystems for structural behaviour
  • learn to design and analyse prestressed concrete and concrete composite structures
  • understand the roles of different limit states in the design of prestressed structures
  • learn to consider the influence of time-dependency of materials on structural reliability
  • learn to consider specific features of precast concrete structures: connections, stability, prevention of progressive collapse, ductility
  • give knowledge of the design and manufacturing of Finnish precast concrete products

(The course is a part of the requirements for designers of reinforced concrete structures in Finland)

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 21.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jari Puttonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Puttonen

Contact information for the course (valid 15.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Lectures and course in general: Prof. Jari Puttonen

Exercises University Lecturer Dr. Esko Sistonen

Home exercises: Janne Hanka, M. Sc.

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Structures with several materials and their analysis, classification of prestressed constructions,  dimensioning in ultimate and serviceability limit states, loss of stresses, concrete composite structures and dimensioning of structural details, ductility of structures based on prefabricated elements.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Written examination, home exercises to be made during the course and participation in obligatory teaching. The approval of home exercises is a precondition for the participation in the examination. Home exercises and participation in obligatory teaching are valid only for the lecture period under concern.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Lectures 26 t/ 20%, Exercises 16 t/ 12%, Independent
      work 88 t/ 65%, Examination 3 t/ 3 %


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes, model solutions to calculation exercises. Literature:  Naaman A.E.
    "Prestressed concrete analysis and design, Fundamentals".

    Supporting material: Eurocode 2 (SFS-EN 1992-1-1) and the Finnish National Structural Code B4. Techno Press 3000, 2004, Bachmann H and Steinle A, "Precast Concrete Structures, Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn, 2011 In Finnish, for example:  BY 210 Betonirakenteiden suunnittelu ja mitoitus 2005, luku 9 osittain .

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CIV-E4040 Reinforced concrete structures

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities



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