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MC-RTN: Training Course 3

Durability, transport processes, and standardisation of Cementitious Materials

Madrid, Spain
October 20-22, 2007

Preliminary Announcement [PDF]


Carmen Andrade, IETCC-CSIC, Spain
Arnon Bentur, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Véronique Baroghel-Bouny, LCPC, France
Bruno Capra, Oxand , France
Marta Castelotte, IETCC-CSIC, Spain
Mette Geiker, DTU, Denmark
Ulla Hjorth Jakobsen, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
Beatrix Kerkhoff, PCA, USA
Philippe Michaud, Lafarge, France
Graeme Moir, Consultant to British Cement Association, United Kingdom

Organised by

Mette Geiker, DTU, Denmark
Carmen Andrade, Ietcc-CSIC, Spain

Scope of Course

The present course is the third of six one-week courses given as part of the NANOCEM MC-RTN. The objective of this third course is to introduce the participant to durability related topics, standardization issues, and career possibilities in industry.

Course Contents

The following subjects are covered in the course:

•  Basic mechanisms
•  Structural implications and multiscale modeling
•  Chloride ingress and reinforcement corrosion
•  Sulfate attack
•  Case studies
•  Performance testing
•  Normalization
•  Career possibilities

The course consists of connected lectures and visit to the laboratories of Institute of Construction Science Eduardo Torroja (CSIC).

Social activities during the course are planned to promote a stimulating study atmosphere. 

Work Load

The estimated work load corresponds to 1 ECTS points, including approximately 20 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 present a written report answering the question "How do you suggest to transfer research results to practice".


The participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of concrete technology. All lectures will be given in English.


The course fee of € 500.-- will apply for the entire course for industrial participants. A reduced tariff of €250.-- will apply for students. The participants will be responsible for travel, meals and accommodation.


The course will be held at Foxa M30 Hotel in Madrid, Spain. The hotel is located near de Chamartin Station.
Price per person: € 380.--, (includes Saturday and Sunday accommodation, meals and coffee breaks from Saturday morning to Monday after lunch)
Note: Participants have to make their own reservation directly to the hotel. Please mention Meeting IETCC-CSIC NANOCEM when making the hotel reservation
Price for extra night accomodation: 112.35 (VAT included)

Address: Foxa M30 Hotel
14, Serrano Galvache
28033, Madrid
tel: +34 91 384 04 00
fax: +34 91 384 04 05
contact: Antonio Mangas
e-mail: director.salonesm30(at)


Applicants should register by July 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