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Mechanical Behaviour and Modelling of Cementitious Materials

Prague, Czech Republic
April 19-21, 2008
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague 6 - Dejvice, Czech Republic


Preliminary Announcement [PDF]


Bruno Capra, Oxand, France
Milan Jirásek, CTU, Czech Republic
Petr Kabele, CTU, Czech Republic
André Nonat, Université de Bourgogne, France
Henrik Stang, DTU, Denmark
Vít Šmilauer, CTU, Czech Republic
Organised by
Milan Jirásek, CTU, Czech Republic

Scope of course

The present course is the fourth of six one-week courses given as part of the NANOCEM MC-RTN.
The objective of this course is to introduce the participant to the physical aspects, mathematical and numerical models of the mechanical behaviour of materials, with emphasis on applications to cementitious materials.

Course Contents

The following subjects are covered in the course:
• Elasticity
• Viscoelasticity
• Plasticity and viscoplasticity
• Fracture mechanics
• Damage mechanics
• Homogenization
• Multiscale modelling
• Laboratory testing
• Case studies
The course consists of eight lectures, one exercise session and two visits to the laboratory of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague and to a construction site.
Social activities during the course are planned to promote a stimulating study atmosphere. A dinner will be organized in the historic part of the city on Saturday.

Work Load

The estimated work load corresponds to 1 ECTS point, including approximately 18 hours of contact and an individual report after the course.

Study Materials

Notes will be provided before the course.
In order to get the credits, the participants will submit the solution of a set of problems assigned and discussed at the course.
The participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of concrete technology. All lectures will be given in English.


The registration fee of € 550 for the entire course will be collected from industrial participants. A reduced fee of € 300 will be charged to students. This fee covers the admission to the lectures and visits, all course materials, refreshments during the coffee breaks, 3 lunches and 1 dinner. The participants will be responsible for covering separately the expenses of their travel, accommodation and the meals not mentioned above.


The course will be held at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague, Czech Republic. The CTU campus is located in the district of Prague 6 - Dejvice, near the metro terminal Dejvická. The course participants will be accommodated in the student dormitory "Masarykova kolej". Price per person: 1260 Czech crowns (about 48 €) per night in single rooms (VAT included).Participants can reserve the rooms by email before February, 1st , 2008:

Address: Milan.Jirasek(at)
phone: +420 224 354 481
fax: +420 224 310 775
Please indicate the date and approximate time of your arrival and departure.


Applicants should register by February 1, 2008. Registration form [DOC]

Further Information

Marie-Alix Dalang-Secrétan
Bâtiment MX G
Station 12
CH - 1015 Lausanne
Phone: +41 21 693 58 45
Fax:+41 21 693 58 00

This course is sponsored by