Cutting-Edge Concrete Structural Design with FEA: Prestressed Concrete and Advanced Nonlinear Simulations


Program overview

Duration: 4 weeks (40 hours).

Format: 100% Online.

Start Date: TBD 2024.

Teaching Material Language: English.

Tutorship Language: English or Spanish.



In this course, we will explore the latest advancements in concrete design, focusing on the integration of prestressed concrete and advanced nonlinear simulations using Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

The course covers key topics essential for cutting-edge concrete design. We will begin with an in-depth examination of the construction stage process, highlighting the time-dependent properties of concrete that play a crucial role in structural behavior.

Creep and shrinkage phenomena in concrete will also be extensively studied. Understanding their impact on structural design is vital for ensuring the long-term durability and performance of concrete structures.

Fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) is an innovative material that enhances structural performance. We will delve into its properties, applications, and design considerations, equipping you with the knowledge to incorporate FRC effectively in your designs.

Prestressed concrete is a key focus of this course. You will be introduced to its principles, advantages, and behavior. We will cover material behavior, long-term and short-term losses, equivalent load calculations using FEA, modeling of prestressing tendons, and prestressed concrete code design, including ultimate limit states (ULS) for bending, axial forces, shear, and torsion, as well as serviceability limit states (SLS) addressing cracking concerns.

By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to design safe, efficient, and resilient concrete structures, utilizing prestressed concrete and advanced nonlinear simulations.


  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of cutting-edge concrete structural design principles, focusing on prestressed concrete and advanced nonlinear simulations with FEA.
  2. Gain knowledge of the construction stage process and the time-dependent properties of concrete, and their impact on structural behavior.
  3. Understand the phenomena of creep and shrinkage in concrete and their implications for long-term durability and performance in structural design.
  4. Acquire expertise in the design and application of fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) to enhance the structural performance of concrete elements.
  5. Master the principles of prestressed concrete design, including material behavior, equivalent load calculations, modeling of prestressing tendons, and compliance with prestressed concrete code requirements.


  1. Construction Stage Process: Time dependent concrete material properties.

  2. Creep and Shrinkage: Study of creep and shrinkage phenomena in concrete and their impact on structural design.

  3. Fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC).

  4. Prestressed Concrete:
    • Introduction to prestressed concrete.
    • Material behavior and long-term/short-term losses.
    • Calculation of equivalent loads using FEM.
    • Modeling of prestressing tendons.
    • Prestressed Concrete Code Design:
      • ULS bending & axial.
      • ULS shear & torsion.
      • Cracking.


  • Concrete arc brigde design. Construction process, load combination and design by code.
  • Creep analysis of a concrete column.
  • Shrinkage analysis of a pavement slab.
  • Prestressed concrete girder. Tendon modelling. Creep analysis. Assessment of capacity and ductility with nonlinear analyses.
  • Prestressing equivalent load on beam and shell models. Short and long term loads. Load combinations and Code Design.


The distance learning methodology of this course includes pre-prepared study materials and bibliography, tutorials, audiovisual resources, and practical application exercises. Additionally, there will be live interactive sessions to discuss and clarify the assignments, as well as address any questions or doubts that may arise.

Teaching materials

The course materials will be provided in English, ensuring that participants have access to the necessary resources for learning. Additionally, dedicated tutors will be available to offer technical support in various languages, including English and Spanish. This multilingual support ensures that participants can receive assistance in their preferred language throughout the duration of the course.

In addition, a CivilFEM powered by Marc license will be provided to participants for completing practical exercises and training during the course.

The course utilizes a virtual classroom as the training platform, providing study tools and serving as the primary communication channel with attendees.

Various tools, including audiovisual resources and supplementary documentation, will also be employed.

Evaluation and grading criteria

The evaluation of attendees will be conducted based on their performance in the practical application exercises.


The certification will include a diploma from ICAEEC & Ingeciber, which indicates the successful completion of the course by the attendee. Additionally, the diploma will state the grade obtained in the practical application exercises.

Teaching staff

Mr. Ronald Siat (Coordinator & Tutor). Ingeciber, S.A.

Mr. Román Martín (Tutor). Ingeciber, S.A.


The tuition fees for the course amount to €450.

Early bird discount of 20% available (360 euros) for payments made before September 30, 2023, at 1:00 pm, CEST (Paris, GMT+01:00).


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