1. Program overview


Title: Pre-stressed Reinforced Concrete with CivilFEM for ANSYS – online course. Director: Professor Juan José Benito Muñoz.

Department: Construction & Manufacturing Engineering (UNED University).

Software: CivilFEM for ANSYS MAPDL (free licenses are included).


  1. Eligibility and requirements


A degree is required, although university students in the last year of their course may be admitted with proof of their academic status. Some prior experience with the software is recommended or else previous enrollment in the CivilFEM for ANSYS Introductory Course.


  1. Goals


The  Pre-stressed  Reinforced  Concrete  course  provides  many  tools  enabling  engineers  to readily and easily take into account the pre-stressing forces over structures when conducting advanced analyses and design processes.

The goal of this course is to provide a utility that allows the study of pre-stressing effects on concrete structures. CivilFEM calculates post-tensioned and pre-tensioned adherent inner tendons.

The module also provides the possibility to check by code cracking the axial load plus biaxial bending, shear and torsion.

This course originated as a collaboration project between UNED and Ingeciber, S.A., a company specializing in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE).


  1. Contents


This course offers best-in-class features providing an easy-to-use interface to handle any type of pre-stressed concrete structure.


Based on this goal, the course comes with the following utilities:


  • Pre-stressing steel materials library.
  • Pre-stressing tendon editing as second order Bezier curves in elevation and plan view.
  • Graphic geometric tendon editor.
  • Automatic calculation of short-term losses.
  • Automatic calculation long-term losses.
  • Automatic transfer of pre-stressing loads to the finite element mod
  • Load combination
  • Construction process (tendon activation and deactivation).
  • Axial + Bending check.
  • Cracking check.
  • Interaction diagram for pre-stressed cross sections.


The content of each subject is detailed below.



  1. Introduction.
  2. Materials.
  3. Model Generation.
  4. Support Beam.
  5. Tendon Editor.
  6. Losses Calculation.
  7. Load Transference.
  8. Combinations.
  9. Code Checking & Design.




The exercises represent a review of the concepts introduced in the subjects taken until now, as well as the orderly use of the CivilFEM for ANSYS.

These exercises will be delivered to the tutor in order to get feed back and recommendations.

  1. Pre-stressed Slab Bridge.
  2. Pre-stressed Box Bridge.
  3. Pre-stressed Cylinder.
  4. Tendons in Solid Models.
  5. Code Checking and Design.
  6. Cracking.


  1. Schedule


35 hours of study.   The course lasts from 1 to 6 weeks with full flexibility since no specific delivery date is indicated.


  1. Methodology


Distance learning methodology, including pre-prepared study materials and bibliography, tutorials, audiovisual resources and practical application exercises.


  1. Teaching Materials


Attendees will receive the teaching guide and the corresponding materials for each module, which will basically consist of the subject texts.

Furthermore, in order to complete the practical exercises and training, the educational version of CivilFEM for ANSYS will be provided by the course.

The course uses a virtual classroom as a training facility where study tools can be found, and also as the main communication channel with the attendees.

Other tools will also be used including audiovisual resources as well as other complementary documentation.


  1. Attendee services


The teaching staff will respond to attendee inquiries via telephone, email, or in person. Phone tutorship’s will be available within the following hours:

 Monday to Friday during office hours and always subject to tutor’s availability.


  1. Evaluation and grading criteria


Attendee evaluation will be performed through the Practical Application Exercises.


  1. Certification


Certification will consist of a diploma from ICAEEC & Ingeciber indicating successful completion of the subject by the attendee as well as the grade obtained in the practical application exercises.


  1. Teaching staff


Professor  Juan  José  Benito  Muñoz  (Director).  Construction  &  Manufacturing  Engineering Department (UNED).

Mr. Ronald Siat (Coordinator and tutor). UNED Collaborator, Ingeciber, S.A.

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


  1. Fees


Tuition fees are €360


Current and former attendees of the UNED Master’s in Theoretical and Practical Application of

the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation are eligible for a 33% discount.


Download the course guide in a pdf file 

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