Advanced Short Courses

Within the context of the RILEM Spring Convention and Conference, Advanced Short Courses were organized together with reference scientists in specialized fields. The advanced topics covered by these Advanced Short Courses are emerging and aligned with the theme of the event. The Advanced Short Courses may be found below and will occur on Monday 9th and Saturday 14th.
The course fee is 100 €/course for participants of the conference and 200 €/course for non-participants. Participants can enrol on a course using the conference registration form. Please login to your account and click on “Registration”. If you are a non-participant please contact to enrol on a course.

ASC1 - Lowering CO2 emissions from cement and concrete through increasing the use of Supplementary Materials

Karen Scrivener
Monday, 9th of March 2020

Tentative Programme:

Introduction Importance of reducing CO2, possible options for cement and concrete context and importance of SCMs

Overview of main SCM types, composition and characterisation Impact of SCMs on hydration, reactivity testing

Reactivity testing and limitations on degree of reaction of SCMs

LC3, limestone calcined clay cements

Impact of SCMs on durability: part 1 carbonation, sulphate attack, ASR

Impact of SCMs on durability: part 2: chloride ingress and transport microstructure links.

ASC2 - Durability based design of advanced cement-based materials in aggressive environments: a holistic approach

Liberato Ferrara
Saturday, 14th of March 2020

Tentative Programme:

Introduction and overview (L. Ferrara, PoliMi)

UHPC/UHPFRC: material concept and structural design (P. Serna, UPV)

TRC: material concept and structural design (A. Peled, BGU)



From UHPC to UHDC: testing the durability and identification of design parameters (M.C. Alonso, CSIC)

Principles of durability based design (L. Ferrara, PoliMi)

Principles of LCA (M. C. Caruso)


Case study 1 (C.Suesta, RVM)

Case study 2 (V. Vestri, EGP)

Case study 3 (R.P. Borg, UoM)


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ASC3 - Computational Methods for Building Physics and Construction Materials

E.A.B Koenders (EK), N. Ukrainczyk (NU) & Antonio Caggiano (AC)
Saturday, 14th of March 2020

Course description:

The course contains lecturing on different computational methods for solving partial differential equations, namely Finite Difference, Method of Lines and Finite Elements. Numerical solution strategies include explicit and implicit discretization, boundary conditions, and implementation of physical processes that frequently occur in construction materials. Typical problems that will be addressed in this course will be on modelling transient heat transport phenomena and/or moisture in porous media. The course will provide full solution strategies and approaches, so from a physical problem, to schematization and discretization, to boundary conditions evaluation, and to a computational solution.

Tentative Programme:

Introduction to the EAC RILEM Course (EK)

Transient diffusion problem (2D) – Explicit method implementation in Excel (EK)


Transient diffusion problem (2D) – Implicit methods implementation in Octave (NU)

Transient diffusion problem (2D) – FEM implementation in Octave (AC)

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