Concrete and other Cement Based Materials

Course credits: 7.5 ECTS


Concrete technology is becoming more complex with new binder types. This is in much due to the environmental impact of cement production. The new trend is to mix different types with co-ground limestone, granulated blast furnace slag and different pozzolanas like fly ash.

This course gives a deep understanding of concrete as a composite material, its properties in the fresh, young and hardened states. The effects from the various basic materials are studied and also how these can be varied to produce concrete and other cement based materials with prescribed properties.

Content and Objectives

This course will give the basic knowledge and deeper insight in cement and cementitious systems. The course will also treat and discuss durability aspects related to cementitious systems and the relationship with environmental aspects. Moreover, it will give a deeper understanding of different cementitious systems. apart from normal concrete like shotcrete and injection grout and special concretes.

The major aim is to give deeper understanding of different cementitious systems and durability aspects to graduate students in civil engineering and material science.
  • It will basic knowledge of how to treat and handle different types of concrete
  • It will give a deeper knowledge of the interaction between environment and cementitious products and how to avoid degradation.
  • It will give an understanding of the basics of life-time predictions and timing of degradation processes in existing structures. 


Academic knowledge in civil engineering or material sciences. A basic knowledge of chemistry is needed.


Last year students, graduate students, researchers and professionals in concrete materials.

Course plan

The following areas are included:
  • Cementitious materials, hydration mechanisms, properties of aggregates, mix design and admixtures.
  • The effects from each basic material on mixed concrete and other cement based materials.
  • Cementitious materials co-operation with the environment.
  • Durability, repair methods and life-time design.


Neville, A.M., Brooks, J.J, Concrete Technology, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.

Course organisation

The course is administrated by the Division of Concrete Structures at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Requirements for final grade is participation in seminars and lectures and a passed written examinatio

Anders Ansell,

See also the KTH course homepage