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Concrete Structures

Concrete structures - on site concrete casting.
Albanova, Stockholm

Concrete is the most used, man-made material in the world. It is comparatively durable and extremely formable. In the practice concrete is the only possible material for structures under the ground surface.

The concrete group at KTH is directed towards both materials and structural aspects of concrete construction. The area of research contains function, design, construction, performance and rehabilitation of concrete and masonry structures and buildings. Sprayed concrete (shotcrete) and technical applications for newly developed concrete materials and the effects of dynamic loading are also included. The research is directed towards large concrete structures, extremely loaded concrete structures and advanced concrete materials.

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The division is currently active within the following research fields. For additional information follow the links:

Concrete material properties

Properties related to material composition of reinforced and un-reinforced structures of concrete and other cement based materials are studied, with focus on efficiency and sustainability. State-of-the art laboratory methods are used together with advanced methods for numerical modelling and finite element analyses.

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Advanced concrete structures and design methods

Studies of static and dynamic modes of operation in concrete structures, that optimally fulfils demands on load carrying capacity, robustness and other functions. Large and advanced concrete structures subjected to extreme loads is studied through finite element modelling and in situ measurements.

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Concrete structures for the hydropower industry

Research on structures for the hydropower industry studies functions and optimizations of technical systems and concrete structures for a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy production. Advanced methods for in situ observations and measurements together with structural analysis are used.

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Hydraulics, water and temperature action on hydraulic structures

The effect from flowing water, ice and temperature variations on concrete dams and hydraulic structures are studied. The large structures are studied through in situ measurements and observations and through numerical modelling. Hydraulic theories, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations and multiphysical finite element models are used.

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Civil engineering and maintenance of infrastructures

Research directed towards design, function and maintenance of concrete structures within civil engineering. Repair and strengthening of concrete structures are included. Special focus is on concrete roads and pavements but also bridges and other large structures are studied.

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Shotcrete (sprayed concrete)

The performance and properties of shotcrete are studied in laboratory, in situ and through numerical modelling. The vibration resistance of young and hardened shotcrete on rock is one specialization.

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Protective concrete structures

Properties of concrete structures for e.g. shelters, barriers and energy absorbing systems are studied through numerical modelling and laboratory testing. Load cases of interest are explosions, air blasts, weapon loads, impacts and earthquakes.

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Measurements and monitoring

The behaviour of concrete structures are studied in situ and in laboratory environment using measurement techniques, including photogrammetry and advanced sensors for measurement of displacements, temperatures, etc. Techniques for monitoring of structural behaviours in field environment are also developed.

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Construction, production and sustainability

Research directed towards studies on production, construction, design and function of infrastructure within civil engineering and buildings. Life cycle cost analysis methods are developed. Special focus is on methods for producing climate-smart and sustainable concrete structures.

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Contact us

Visiting address: Brinellvägen 23

Postal address:

KTH, School of ABE/Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering
Division of Concrete structures
Personal name, Brinellvägen 23, Floor 2
S-100 44 Stockholm

Phone number : +46 8 790 80 41

Belongs to: Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering
Last changed: Feb 27, 2024