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CS3001 - Concrete Engineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering (pre 2015)

Properties of plastic and hardened concrete, mix design, concrete construction. Strength and durability of hardened concrete. Reinforced Concrete : transformed section analysis of uncracked and cracked reinforced beams; ultimate bending strength of singly and doubly reinforced beams, T and I beams; ductility; anchorage and stress development, reinforcement detailing; design for shear; deflection and crack control; slabs and slab systems; reinforced concrete columns. Prestressed Concrete: concept and construction methods; stresses in simple uncracked members, equivalent loads and load balancing, deflections; prestress losses; ultimate bending strength; introduction to end block design and anchorage. Use of Australian design codes.

Learning Outcomes

  • calculate the ultimate strength of reinforced concrete beams, slabs, columns and prestressed concrete beams;
  • estimate deflections in simple reinforced and prestressed concrete beams and use span/depth ratios to control deflections;
  • gain knowledge in the use of concrete in structures and analysis of concrete structures;
  • perform basic quality control tests on fresh or hardened concrete; understand the advantages of prestressing, and estimate prestress requirements for simple cases;
  • Appreciate concrete as a construction material and understand the production process of cement and concrete.
Prerequisites: CS2001


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Rabin Tuladhar.
Workload expectations:
  • 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.