Advanced Topics in Science and Technology of Concrete

By Prof. Manu Santhanam, Prof. Ravindra Gettu   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 3358   |  Exam registration: 423
This edition of the Advanced Topics course focuses on the use of recycled concrete as aggregate in new concrete construction. The course material was developed as part of the SPARC collaborative project between IIT Madras, University of Cape Town and University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The lectures in this course give a full background of the collection, processing and properties of recycled concrete aggregates. The impact of their use in terms of concrete performance and the effect on long term durability is also explored. Finally, a an understanding of the sustainability impact and the policies and practices in India and South Africa is also provided.

Senior UG students, PG students, concrete industry professionals, Structural engineers

An understanding of basic concrete technology

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All concrete suppliers and construction contractors
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 19 Feb 2024
End Date : 15 Mar 2024
Enrollment Ends : 19 Feb 2024
Exam Registration Ends : 15 Mar 2024
Exam Date : 21 Apr 2024 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:  Influence of aggregates on concrete properties; Sources and types of recycled aggregate; Availability, collection and processing of recycled aggregate

Week 2: Properties of recycled concrete aggregate; performance of concrete with recycled aggregate in fresh and hardened states

Week 3: Design of concrete with recycled aggregate; Utilization of recycled concrete fines; Performance approach for design of concrete structures with recycled aggregate; current standards and limitations on use of recycled aggregate

Week 4: Environmental impact and life cycle assessment; Construction supply chains and market issues for recycled aggregate; Panel discussions – experts from India and South Africa.

Books and references

The course participants will get a link to the monograph produced at IIT Madras.

Other reference books:
1. Natt Makul, Recycled Aggregate Concrete – Technology and Properties, Routledge 2023.
2. F. Pacheco-Torgal et al., Handbook of Recycled Concrete and Demolition Waste, Woodhead Publishing 2013.

Instructor bio

Prof. Manu Santhanam

IIT Madras
Prof. 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.

Prof. Ravindra Gettu

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.

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: 21 April 2024 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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