Course code BūvZ3134

Credit points 3

Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Structures I

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developer

author lect.

Jānis Fabriciuss

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

BūvZ2054, Structural Analysis I

BūvZ2055, Structural Analysis II-1

Course abstract

The study course is aimed to give general understanding about the use of reinforced concrete in building structures. It includes material properties, durability assessment, use limit state design method, detailing and graphical representation of the structures. The main methods of section analysis and simplified serviceability assessment are acquired.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: Students will gain knowledge about the basics of reinforced concrete structures, material properties, and section analysis of reinforced concrete elements under bending – lectures and individual work.
Skills: Students will be able to determine necessary longitudinal and transversal reinforcement and to evaluate the section capacity of concrete beams and slabs – individual work.
Competence: Students will be able to determinate effective spots for reinforcement at simple concrete slab of beam – lectures and test.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Lecture: Introduction. Course overview. Reinforced concrete in building structures; History of development. (2h)
2. Practical lessons: Calculation of tension reinforcement at simple reinforced concrete beam. (2h)
3. Lecture: Mechanical properties of the materials (concrete, reinforcing steel, fibre reinforced polymer rebars). (2h)
4. Practical lessons: Calculation of tension reinforcement at T section reinforced concrete beam. (2h)
5. Lecture: Moment capacity of singly reinforced beam section; determination of tensile reinforcement. (2h)
6. Practical lessons: Calculation of tension and compression reinforcement at simple reinforced concrete beam. (2h)
7. Lecture: Analysis of doubly reinforced concrete beam sections. (2h)
8. Practical lessons: Calculation of shear reinforcement at simple reinforced concrete beam. (2h)
9. Lecture: Analysis of T-section concrete beams. (2h)
10. Practical lessons: Calculation of shear reinforcement at reinforced concrete slab. (2h)
11. Lecture: Shear capacity of concrete beams. (2h)
12. Practical lessons: Punching shear capacity of slab.
13. Lecture: Punching shear capacity of slabs. (2h)
14. Practical lessons: Calculation of reinforcement at reinforced concrete foundation footing.
15. Lecture: Rules for detailing of concrete structures. (2h)
16. Practical lessons: cover layer calculation for multiple reinforced concrete structures according to Eurocode 2. (2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

1. Lectures must be atended (80% or more);
2. Independent work must be complete and confirmed by the responsible university lecturer.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent works. Students carry out their individuals works according to individual task. Students have to calculate and design simple reinforced concrete structures, collect all calculations report and made sketch for reinforced concrete.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

To pass the course, all the requirements regarding the attendance must be fulfilled.
Independent work have to be completed and confirmed.
If the total attendance of a student is less than 80% of the maximum possible, additional independent works will be assigned.

Compulsory reading

1. LVS 1992-1-1. Betona konstrukciju projektēšana. 1–1.daļa: Vispārīgie noteikumi un noteikumi ēkām.
2. Brauns J. Stiegrota betona konstrukcijas: Eirokodekss EC2 konstrukciju projektēšanā. Jelgava: LLU, 2007. 173 lpp.
3. O'Brien E., Dixon A., Sheils E. Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design to EC2: the complete process. London: Spon Press, 2012. 524 lpp.
4. Brauns J. Monolītā betona konstrukcijas. Projektēšana saskaņā ar EC2. Jelgava: LLU, 2010. 72 lpp.

Further reading

1. Reynolds C.E., Steedman J.C. Reinforced Concrete Designer’s Handbook. London etc.: E. & F.N.Spon, 1997. 436 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. The Structural Engineer. London: The institution of structural engineers. ISSN 1466-5123
2. Bauingenieur. Resurss:


Compulsory Course for Second level professional higher educational programme “Civil Engineering”