Advanced Concrete Technology

By Prof. Manu Santhanam   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 11593
This course explores the materials science of concrete, and attempts to bring about the understanding of concrete behavior from a fundamental perspective. The first part of the course discusses the structure and properties of concrete making materials. This is followed by mixture proportioning of high performance concrete, and a study of selected topics regarding fresh and hardened concrete behavior. The final part of the course deals with long term performance issues, related to creep, shrinkage and durability of concrete.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Post-graduate students, and final year undergraduate students
PREREQUISITES: Basic course on Construction Materials in UG level. Additional course on Concrete Technology (UG level) is optional.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Civil contracting firms, Ready mixed concrete companies, Cement companies, Construction chemicals  companies,
                                       Materials research laboratories etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Materials Technology
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 04 Dec 2020
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Exam Date : 20 Dec 2020 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

WEEK 1    :  Cement production and composition
WEEK 2    :  Cement chemistry
WEEK 3    :  Aggregates for concrete
WEEK 4    :  Chemical admixtures
WEEK 5    :  Chemical and Mineral admixtures
WEEK 6    :  Mineral admixtures
WEEK 7    :  High performance concrete mixture proportioning
WEEK 8    :  Topics in fresh concrete
WEEK 9    :  Topics in hardened concrete
WEEK 10  :  Creep and shrinkage
WEEK 11  :  Durability of concrete
WEEK 12  :  Durability of concrete

Books and references

•  Textbook
 Mehta, P. K., and Monteiro, P. J. M., ‘Concrete: Microstructure, Properties, and Materials,’ Fourth Edition (Indian Edition), McGraw Hill, 2014.
•  Reference books
Neville, A. M., ‘Properties of Concrete,’ Pitman Publishing, Inc., MA, 1981.
Hewlett, P. C., Ed., ‘Lea’s Chemistry of Cement and Concrete,’ Fourth Edition, Arnold Publishers, NY, 1998.
Bentur, A., Diamond, S., and Berke, N.S., ‘Steel Corrosion in Concrete,’ E&FN Spon, UK, 1997.
Taylor, H. W. F., ‘Cement Chemistry,’ Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, CA, 1990.
Lea, F. M., ‘The Chemistry of Cement and Concrete,’ Chemical Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 1971.
Mindess, S., and Young, J. F., ‘Concrete,’ Prentice Hall, Inc., NJ, 1981.
J. Newman and B. S. Choo, Eds., ‘Advanced Concrete Technology’, Four Volume Set, Elsevier, 2003

Instructor bio

Prof. Manu Santhanam

IIT Madras
Dr. Manu Santhanam is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. His research interests are in multi-scale characterization of concrete, supplementary cementing materials, durability and non-destructive evaluation.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 20 December 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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