Development and Applications of Special Concretes

By Prof. Sudhir Misra   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 348
Concrete is no longer simply a mixture of water, cement, sand and coarse aggregate – the advent of chemical admixtures and better understanding of the hydration of cement, and other issues relating to properties of concrete, has made it possible to use several other ingredients and have led to the development of several special concretes and construction methods and use concrete in diverse environments. Building on the fundamental principles of normal concrete, this course explains how some commonly used special concretes have been developed and how they are used in different conditions. The course seeks to present a unified view of concrete materials, construction methods and construction environment and examine the matter on parameters such as quality control methods.

A) Pg Students Of Civil Engineering B) Practising Professionals In The Area Of Concrete Construction
PREREQUISITES : The Course Will Assume Basic Understanding Of Concrete Materials And Construction Processes, Including Expected Performance, Quality Control, Etc.
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : It Is My Earnest Hope That All Industries Related To Planning, Design And Construction Of Projects Using Concrete Will Find The Material Relevant And Thought Provoking.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Materials Technology
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1:Normal concrete
Week 2:Normal concrete (continued)
Week 3: Special concretes (1) – Concreting in cold and hot weather
Week 4:Special concretes (2) – Self-compacting and fiber reinforced concretes
Week 5:Special concretes (3) – Basic understanding of high strength concrete, mass concrete and shotcrete
Week 6:Special concretes (4) – Handling preplaced aggregate concrete and light weight aggregate concrete
Week 7: Special concretes (5) – Special topics I: Underwater anti-washout concrete; micro-concrete
Week 8:Special concretes (6) – Special topics II: Expansive concrete, roller compacted concrete, concrete using recycled aggregate

Books and references

[1] Mehta, P.K., and Monteiro P.J.M., Concrete – Microstructure, Properties and Materials, 3 rd Edition, McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited, New Delhi, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2006.

[2] Neville, A.M., Properties of concrete, 5 th Edition, Pitman Publishers, New Delhi, India 1996.

[3] Shetty, M.S., Concrete Technology (Theory and Practice), 7 th Edition, S. Chand & Company Ltd., New Delhi, 2013.

[4] Sidney, M., Young, J.F., and Darwin, D., Concrete, 2 nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, Pearson Education, Inc., New Jersey, 2003.

[5] Kosmatka, S.H., Kerkhoff, B., and Panarese, W.C., Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 14 th Edition, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Illinois, USA, 2003.

[6] JSCE subcommittee, Standard specifications for concrete structures – 2007 “Materials and construction”, Report: JSCE guidelines for concrete (No. 16), Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sudhir Misra

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Sudhir Misra is Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and has a keen interest in concrete materials, construction and engineering. He has worked with consulting and construction companies also during his 35 years of professional experience, and also led the effort to initiate a graduate programme in Infrastructure Engineering and Management at IIT Kanpur. He has been a member of committees of the BIS and also worked with professional organizations in Japan and India. His research interests include durability and non-destructive testing of concrete and development and utilization of special concretes. A lecture module of Concrete Engineering and Technology by him is also available online under the NPTEL scheme of the Government of India.

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: 27 March 2022 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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 Kanpur .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.

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