Thermal-Structural Coupled Analysis in Concrete Structures with FEA: Fundamentals and main applications

Program overview

Duration: 3 weeks (30 hours).

Format: 100% Online.                 

Start Date: March 4, 2024.

Teaching Material Language: English.

Tutorship Language: English or Spanish.



This course provides a deep understanding of the fundamentals and key applications of this advanced approach in structural engineering. Specifically, it focuses on analyzing the interactions between thermal response and structural behavior in concrete structures using Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

In the first module, the thermal behavior of concrete and reinforcing steel, as well as the properties of orthotropic materials, will be explored. Fundamental concepts related to heat transfer in concrete structures will be examined, along with key factors influencing the thermal response of these materials.

The second module focuses on convective, conductive, and radiation boundary conditions. Different heat transfer mechanisms will be studied, and the application of these boundary conditions in the thermal-structural coupled analysis of concrete structures will be analyzed.

The third module explores practical applications of thermal-structural coupled analysis in concrete structures. Three main applications will be addressed: early-age concrete and maturing temperature, fire resistance, and solar radiation. For early-age concrete, the impact of curing temperature on concrete properties during the setting and hardening process will be analyzed. Regarding fire resistance, strategies for assessing the ability of concrete structures to withstand high temperatures will be examined, and the role of thermal-structural coupled analysis in predicting their behavior under fire conditions will be discussed. Lastly, the use of thermal-structural coupled analysis to evaluate the effect of solar radiation on concrete structures and methods for mitigating its impacts will be studied.

In summary, this course will provide participants with a solid foundation in the theoretical and practical fundamentals of thermal-structural coupled analysis in concrete structures. By understanding how thermal and structural behavior interact, engineers and construction professionals will be able to design and assess concrete structures more accurately and efficiently, taking into account different environmental conditions and loading situations.


  1. Understand the thermal behavior of concrete and its interaction with reinforcing steel and orthotropic materials in coupled thermal-structural analyses.
  2. Apply convective, conductive, and radiation boundary conditions in thermal-structural analyses of concrete structures.
  3. Explore practical applications of thermal-structural coupled analysis, such as early-age concrete, fire resistance, and solar radiation.
  4. Assess the impact of temperature on concrete properties during the setting and hardening process.
  5. Use thermal-structural coupled analysis to evaluate the performance of concrete structures under fire conditions and mitigate the effects of solar radiation.


  1. Thermal behavior of concrete and reinforcing steel and orthotropic material properties.
  2. Convective, conductive, and radiation boundary conditions.
  3. Applications
    • Early-age concrete: maturing temperature.
    • Fire resistance.
    • Solar radiation.


  • Thermal-structural coupled analysis of a foundation slab. Heat transfer due to early age concrete maturing and ambient temperature. Thermal cracking analysis.
  • Fire analysis of a concrete beam. Nonlinear thermal-structural coupled analysis. Temperature dependent material properties.
  • Thermal analysis or a dam. Ambient and solar radiation boundary conditions.


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 or 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 €300.

Early bird discount of 20% available (240 euros) for payments made before September 30, 2023, at 1:00 pm, CEST (Paris, GMT+01:00).


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