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Restraint Stresses and Crack Width Control in Structural Concrete Members

In this course we investigate how concrete develops its mechanical properties and building on this knowledge, we examine how to accurately calculate the stress and how to limit the development of cracks in steel-reinforced concrete structures.

To understand these topics we examine the fundamental relationships between concrete characteristics, geometry of structural elements, stress, reinforcement and crack width. We present a computational model that can be used to calculate the minimum reinforcement taking account of all these factors, and a series of examples to show how this model can be applied in practice.


  • Fundamentals and background knowledge on crack control in concrete and steel structures according to the current standard
  • Calculation of stress loading and estimation of cracking risk with special focus on concrete composition and after-treatment
  • Deformation-based limitation of cracking due to stress
  • Superimposition of early-age and later stress/cracking and of stress and load

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

  • Civil & structural engineers in design, construction and management
To participate in this course you must have a Diplom degree (civil engineering/structural engineering) or must be a graduate of a Higher Technical Institute (HTL) with extensive professional experience in design of load-bearing structures.

Dates and Deadlines

Next course start: 28 & 29 May 2024

Registration deadline: 30 April 2024



Quick Facts

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Certificate: Confirmation of participation
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Course fees: € 690 (VAT free)
    The fees cover the course handouts and refreshments in breaks.
  • Course location: TU Graz
  • Course hours: by agreement

In this course we examine the background reasoning of current standards and discuss the limits of their applicability. We also present a deformation-based computational model for mechanically consistent measurement of stress.

Nguyen Viet Tue und Dirk Schlicke, programme directors

Why You Should Take This Course

  • You will gain a deeper understanding of stress and the great importance of concrete technology.
  • You will learn how to deal effectively with situations in which there is a risk of problematic cracking.
  • You will learn how to calculate the minimum reinforcement with savings of up to 50% in reinforcement.

Programme Directors

Univ.-Prof. Dr.techn
Institute of Structural Concrete
Phone: +43 316 873 6196

Nguyen Viet TUE
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.habil.
Institute of Structural Concrete
Phone: +43 316 873 6190


To register for the course, please submit the completed registration form (in German) by e-mail to lifelong.learningnoSpam@tugraz.at.

Registration deadline: 30 April 2024


Sarah Meinhardt

TU Graz Life Long Learning
Tel.: +43 316 873 4945