Course detail

Concrete Technology 3

FAST-CJ013Acad. year: 2020/2021

Current trends in the field of technology of concrete bring new types of concrete with high end-use properties, using higher proportion of waste materials and focus on the structural side of buildings as well as overall aesthetic perception of concrete structures. In the course of classes and practical exercises, students will become acquainted with specifying, designing and using of concrete with high proportion of fly ash, ultrahigh performance concrete, reactive powder composites, sprayed concrete for tunnel construction, and selected types of mixtures for road building and current trends of direct finish concrete. Methods of designing composition of binding matrix based on achieving maximal density of matrix through use of micro-additions and controlled thickness of interfacial transition zone will be explained as well as influence of hydration heat on rheology of fresh mortar in time, its regulation by means of various superplasticizers, use of nano-technologies in concrete and many others.
Classes are complemented with laboratory exercises.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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Basic knowledge gained in courses Technology of Concrete 1 and 2, Mortars 1 and 2, Composite materials, Durability of building materials. Knowledge of current modern trends is important for achieving special and extreme final properties, reduction of production cost and minimizing ecological load. Basic knowledge about the influence of the character of micro-structure of cement stone on physico-mechanical properties (content and distribution of micro and macro pores, interfacial transition zones between aggregate grains, influence of water-cement ratio on properties of fresh and hardened concrete is necessary. Basic knowledge of rheology of fresh concrete, ways of its measuring, behavior and effect of superplasticizers in concrete are also important.


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Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

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Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1. Rheology of fresh cement mortars – Newtonian, non-Newtonian, Bingham liquid, models, influences on rheology changes.

2. Methods of measuring rheology of cement based and modified suspensions, influence of temperature and superplasticizers on change of rheology in time, influences on development of hydration heat and mechanical properties of hardened mortars.

3. Possibilities of using admixtures for concrete and plasticizers for reduction of volumetric changes, development of temperature during hardening of concrete, optimization of development of strengths for placing of concrete of high volume constructions.

4. Theory of designing composition of special concrete with micro-additions, optimization of density of dry components in binding matrix, granulometric curves in binding system for particles up to 0.25mm.

5. Influence of minimization of void content of components in binding matrix on thickness and quality of the interfacial transition zone between aggregate grains and influence on properties of hardened concrete.

6. Concrete with high content of fly ash (UHVFAC), designing composition, defining properties of fly ash, properties of fresh and hardened concrete, field of application.

7. Ultra high performance concrete (UHPC - 120 – 160 MPa), principles of designing mixtures, field of application, influence of compressive strength on other properties of concrete, like static elasticity modules, resistance to aggressive environment etc.

8. Reactive Powder Composites (RPC), principle of behavior, selection of appropriate fillers, physico-mechanical properties.

9. Types of materials for stabilized base layers of roads, cemented and non-cemented with hydraulic binders.

10. Educational visit

11. Technology of sprayed concrete, description of the variant of dry and wet sprayed concrete, designs of composition, required properties, methods of testing rapidity of strength development.

12. Ecologically friendly concrete (Green Concrete) with recycled filler and low-clinker cements, future prospects of keeping the sustainable development of concrete building industry.

13. Special treatment of surface of architectural concrete –translucent, self-cleaning, graffiti concrete.


Not applicable.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-P-E-SI (N) Master's

    branch M , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme N-P-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch M , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme N-K-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch M , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer