TSUAB - RILEM International PhD Course 


2 - 6 July 2015

Source: (1) International Workshop "Resilience by Design", November 2014; (2,3) RILEM Course Report, August 2014, (4) Experiment of foam-concrete sample at TSUAB, 2013.

PhD Course will be held in TSUAB in July 2 - 6, 2015. Full-time course comprises frontal lectures of leading scientists, laboratory works, scientific discussions, tours on construction and industrial sites, poster presentations of the research works in the form of competition between PhD students, cultural program. Young researchers and specialists motivated in the advancement of scientific knowledge and integration in international professional society in atmosphere of competition, openness, willingness to know more and practice are welcomed on board. 

The TSUAB – RILEM doctoral course "Early Age Concrete: From the Research Lab to the Construction Site" is aimed at promoting knowledge transfer from the research lab to the construction site, with the final goal of ensuring an economical, trouble-free structure for the user. The planned course is going to be the first international event of such kind in Russian Federation.


Course duration - one week (5 days): 2 – 6 July, 2015

Official language  - English

Number of participants - up to 30. On-line Registration will be available here from February 1st, 2015



Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building

RILEM  - The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures 


Relevance of the Course:

Advances in concrete technology over the past decades have led to the practical use of special concrete compositions: high-strength / high-performance concrete (HSC/HPC) made at a low water to binder ratio, self-compacting concrete (SCC), concrete with low cement content containing supplementary cementitious materials (SCM), concrete for specific climate conditions (cold/hot, dry/humid), concrete exposed to various combinations of mechanical and environmental loads under different boundary conditions and dimensions.

The variety of concrete properties required for the compositions listed above, and especially concrete durability, dictates deeper understanding of the physical and chemical mechanisms governing the processes of setting and hardening. Furthermore, extensive use of mineral and chemical admixtures in different combinations have become more popular in the modern construction practice. Unfortunately, some of these concretes are prone to cracking at an early age, unless special precautions are taken. Proper curing of concrete structures at early age has become a critical issue to utilize the full potential of these novelties, in particular to achieve better performance of such concretes in various environmental and load conditions.


Topics covered:

  • Internal and external moisture curing
  • Hydration development
  • Heat of hydration
  • Rheology of fresh concrete mixes
  • Autogenous deformation
  • Shrinkage & creep
  • Cracking
  • Effect of chemical & mineral admixtures
  • Accelerated curing
  • Construction in cold climate
  • Modeling



Target audience - young scientists (Master and PhD students). Area of scientific interests: Construction Materials, Structural Engineering,Technology of Silicate Binders, Architecture and other disciplines relevant for the topic of the doctoral Course.  Professional engineers working in design offices, concrete plants, construction sites, municipalities and testing laboratories are also welcomed. 



Poster presentations of the research works in the form of competition

Lectures of the leading scientists*

  • Prof. Ole M.Jensen (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
  • Prof. Jason Weiss (Purdue University, USA)
  • Prof. Konstantin Kovler (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Dr. Nicolas Roussel (IFFSTAR – The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks)
  • Prof. Alexander Kudyakov (Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, Russia)

*Reading materials will be provided before the course.

Laboratory works and exercises**

  • Rheological properties of cement paste
  • Defining plastic shrinkage of cement paste at an early hardening stage
  • Defining strength and deformation properties

**Additional information will be added.

Professional tours to a construction sites of in Tomsk area


Benefits for participants:

Free RILEM membership. Participating PhD-students will be granted a 3-year free membership of RILEM. 

Benefits of individual membership in RILEM: 
  • Access to the private Web directories restricted to RILEM Members
  • RILEM’s Directory of Members (printed version and on line version)
  • RILEM’s Newsletters and reports
  • Personal access to online articles on www.​rilem.​net
  • Reduced fees for RILEM events (10%)
  • 30% discount on print publications (Materials and Structures, Cement and Concrete Composites, Journals of American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers etc.)

Diplomas certifying the completion of the course will be issued and 5 ECTS points will be granted to participants who have attended and finalized all course activities.



Tomsk State University
of Architecture and Building
Solyanaya sq.2, building 2
Tomsk, 634003, Russia



International Office in Research & Innovation
Phone: +7 (3822) 65-25-15
E-mail: international@tsuab.ru