Advanced Topics in the Science and Technology of Concrete

By Prof. Ravindra Gettu, Prof. Manu Santhanam   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1837
International experts on the science and technology of concrete will give brief lectures to highlight advanced topics based on their own research. This will introduce the student to new fields of research and give them an opportunity to learn more than what is usually covered in courses on concrete technology.

Research scholars and scientists working in the areas of concrete science and technology
PREREQUISITES Should have taken courses in Concrete Technology, and preferably Advanced Concrete Technology
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Industry with R&D in the area of cement and concrete
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

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

Page Visits

Course layout

Week 1  :  Guest lecture on Calcium Sulphoaluminate Cement, by Prof. Piyush Chaunsali, IIT Madras. Guest lectures on Micro-structural characterisation of cementitious materials, Prof. Karen Scrivener, EPFL, Switzerland
Week 2  :   Closed-loop testing of concrete. Guest lectures on Performance of Fiber reinforced materials: Historic prospective and glance into the future, by Prof. Surendra P. Shah, Northwestern University
Week 3  : Durability parameters of concrete. Sulphate attack. Guest lectures on Development and performance approach for durability and service life production for structures, by Prof. Mark Alexander, Univ. of Cape Town
Week 4  :  Corrosion of steel reinforcement in concrete. Life cycle assessment of concrete. 

Books and references

 Concrete: Microstructure, Properties and Materials 4th Edition, by P. Kumar Mehta and Paulo J. M. Monteiro, McGraw Hill Education, 2014.

Instructor bio

Prof. Ravindra Gettu

IIT Madras
Prof. Ravindra Gettu is a chair professor of civil engineering at IIT Madras. He has coordinated the introductory course at IITM and given lectures at other institutes on civil engineering for more than 10 years. He has a wide range of experience in research, education and consultancy. His specific area of expertise is construction materials.

Prof. Manu Santhanam

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: 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 3 assignments out of the total 4 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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