2023-2024 / GCIV2173-1

Reinforced concrete


26h Th, 26h Pr, 1d FW, 10h Proj.

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Architectural Engineering5 crédits 
 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering5 crédits 


Boyan Mihaylov

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course on Reinforced Concrete will cover the following topics:

  • Properties of concrete and reinforcing steel
  • Behaviour of reinforced concrete members subjected to axial load
  • Behaviour of members subjected to pure flexure and flexure combined with axial loads
  • Design approach for reinforced concrete members: limit states design
  • Design of flexural members
  • Design for shear forces
  • Design of columns
  • Strut-and-tie models for design of reinforced concrete structures

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of the behaviour of reinforced concrete members subjected to axial forces, bending, and shear. They will develop skills to predict this behaviour by using simplified engineering approaches. This will provide the basis for the second part of the course where students will learn how to design individual structural members such as beams, columns, and slabs. The design criteria will include strength, ductility, deflections, cracks, and durability. Finally, the students will gain preliminary knowledge of the strut-and-tie approach for the design of joints and members with complex deformation patterns.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.2, II.1, III.2, V.1, VI.2, VII.2, VII.4, VII.5 of the BSc in engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Solid and material mechanics

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The classes will consist of lectures and tutorial sessions with each activity taking approximately half of the class time. The lectures will provide the theory of reinforced concrete while the tutorial sessions will be focused on the application of the theory for the analysis and design of structural members. In the tutorial sessions the students will be shown practical examples and will work on problems under the supervision of the professor and the teaching assistant. Students will be provided with handouts summarizing important information presented in the lectures. Reference books will be recommended for additional reading. As part of the learning process students will also be expected to complete several homework assignments.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face lecture

Recommended or required readings

Required readings: class notes and handouts Recommended readings: to be given in class

The evaluation of students will be based on homework assignments and a written final exam.
If the COVID-19 situation does not allow for a face-to-face exam, the exam will still be written but it will be conducted online.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Please note: The course on Reinforced Concrete is delivered in ENGLISH.
The classes will take place on Wednesdays from 13:45 to 17:45.


Boyan MIHAYLOV, Assistant Professor, boyan.mihaylov@ulg.ac.be
Alexandru Trandafir, Teaching Assistant and PhD Researcher, alexandru.trandafir@uliege.be

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