Reinforced Concrete I

Academic year
Subject Area
Structures and Structural Mechanics
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Strength of Materials I, Strength of Materials II, Mechanics of Continuous Media, Construction Materials

Teaching Methods

Theoretical-practical classes with detailed exposition, resource to audiovisual media, of the fundamental concepts, principles and theories with the resolution of some practical examples in each chapter. Some problems presented during the classes are solved by the students with the help of the teachers.

Learning Outcomes

To provide the main concepts, principles and theories required to explain, understand and describing the reinforced concrete structures.

Work Placement(s)



Introduction and basis of design :EC0 (Bases for the design of structures); EC1 (actions on structures; combination of actions; limit states); EC2 (concrete and steel properties; diagrams for tension-deformation; bonding).

Elements under axial force and bending moment.

Bending moment-curvature diagrams. Optimal design of the reinforcement.

Bending moment and axial force and biaxial bending.

Strresses in steel and concrete under service limit states. Durability and concrete cover. EC2 recommendations.

Shear design according to Eurocode 2. Strut and tie model. Design according to EC2.

Equilibrium and compatibility torsion. EC2 model: three dimensional strut and tie model; transverse and longitudinal reinforcements, and concrete crushing. EC2 recommendations.

Service limit states. Methods for the crack and deformations control.

Pre-stress. General concepts, technology, pre-stress systems, examples. Kinds of pre-stress.

Assessment Methods

Exam: 100.0%

Testes: 100.0%


EN 1990 Eurocode: Bases of structural design, 2000.

EN 1991 Eurocode 1: Actions on structures, 2001.

EN 1992 Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures, CEN, 2004.

CEB-FIP MODEL CODE 1990, "Model Code for Concrete Structures".

Leet, K.; Bernal,D. Reinforced Concrete Design. McGraw-Hill, 1997.

Leonard, F.;  Monning, E. Construções de concreto. Vol. 1, E. Interciência, 1982.

Walther, R. e Miehlbradt, M., Dimensionnement des structures en beton – bases et technologie, Traité de Génie Civil, Vol 7, Lausanne, 1990.

Favre, R. J., et al, Dimensionement des structures en beton – dalles, murs, colonnes et fondations, Traité de Génie Civil, Vol 8, Lausanne, 1997.

Ghali, A., Favre, R. e Elbadry, M., Concrete Structures: stresses and deformation, 3rd Edition, Spon Press, 2002.

Barros H., Figueiras J., Tabelas e Ábacos de Dimensionamento de Secções de Betão Solicitadas à Flexão e a Esforços Axiais Segundo o Eurocódigo 2, FEUP Edições, 2010.