Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 13.09.2021 - 27.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 teachin

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 .

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.