Course detail

Members of Concrete Structures

FAST-BLA001Acad. year: 2024/2025

Concrete members. Structural characteristic of concrete. Concrete reinforcement and its bond with concrete. Basic principles of design. Durability of concrete structures.
Design of reinforced concrete members for bending and shear force - ultimate and serviceability limit states, detailing. Design of reinforced concrete members for axial force and bending moment. Principles of concrete members design subject to other effect of the load. Design of members from plain and lightly reinforced concrete.
Simple concrete members – one way reinforced slabs, beams, girders, lintels, cantilevered structures, columns and stairs.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Concrete and Masonry Structures (BZK)

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Entry knowledge

technical mathematics, technical physics, structural mechanics, theory of elasticity, loads, basic principles of structures design

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


To teach the students to the principles of reinforced concrete cross-section dimensioning at the principal stresses.
To gain ability for design of reinforced concrete members and simple structures together with preparing relevant technical drawings.
A student gains these knowledge and skills:
• Knowledge of the principles of reinforced concrete cross-section dimensioning for general stresses.
• Virtue for designing reinforced concrete members and simple structures together with the ability of preparing relevant technical drawings.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

PROCHÁZKA, Jiří, Petr ŠTĚPÁNEK, Jiří KRÁTKÝ, Alena KOHOUTKOVÁ a Jitka VAŠKOVÁ. Navrhování betonových konstrukcí - Prvky z prostého a železového betonu. Praha: ČBS servis, 2009. ISBN 978-80-903807-5-2


TERZIJSKI, Ivailo, ŠTĚPÁNEK, Petr, ČÍRTEK, Ladislav, ZMEK, Bohuslav a PANÁČEK, Josef. Prvky betonových konstrukcí. Modul CM1 až CM5. Studijní opory. Brno: FAST VUT, 2007.


Recommended reading

MOSLEY, Bill, BUNGEY, John a HULSE, Ray. Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
ISBN 978-0-230-30285-3


PROCHÁZKA, Jaroslav a ŠTEMBERK, Petr. Concrete Structures 1. Praha: ČVUT, 2007. ISBN 978-80-01-03607-5


DARVIN, David, Charles W. DOLAN and Artur H. NILSON. Design of Concrete Structures. New York: McGraf-Hill, 2016.
ISBN 978-0-07-339794-8


WIGHT, James G. Reinforced Concrete: Mechanics and Design. New Jersey: Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2015. ISBN 978-0133485967


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-SI Bachelor's

    specialization VS , 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

  • Programme BKC-SI Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme BPA-SI Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme BPC-MI Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Concrete members. Components of concrete. Structural properties of concrete and influencing factors. 2. Types of concrete and reinforcement, their interaction. Theory of concrete structures design – load, structural requirements, design assumptions, durability. Ultimate limit states – principle of design. 3. Analysis of reinforced concrete bending members. Design of cross-sections for bending – general and simplified method. 4. Design of cross-sections for bending – rectangular sections, general sections, sections subject to biaxial bending moment . 5.–6. Design of cross-sections for shearing force. 7. Curtailment of reinforcement in beam – detailing and arrangements. Reinforcement of bended structural members. 8. Principles of design and reinforcement of stairs. 9.–10. Design of sections subjected to axial load and bending. 11. Design of sections for torsion moment. Design of members from plain and lightly reinforced concrete. 12. Verification of serviceability limit state of flexural members. Time-dependent properties of concrete.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. The load and its determination, combination and effects. Idealisation of basic structural members. Design of monolithic reinforced concrete structure – project: Definition of task, preliminary design of dimensions, analysis of structural solution and static system, scheme of shape of structure. 2. Basic materials of reinforced concrete, interaction of concrete and reinforcement, durability of concrete members. 3. Bended members, design and review of the slabs: single supported floor slab – load, action of load and combinations, design for bending and shear, transverse reinforcement, anchorage of reinforcement, modification of reinforcement in the areas of partial fixation, scheme of reinforcement. 4. Design and review of slabs: continuous floor slab – load, action of forces (redistribution of forces) and combinations, design for bending, scheme of reinforcement. 5. Design and review of beam with the T cross-section - load, action and combination, design for bending (T-section, comparison with rectangular cross-section). 6. Member of general cross-section subject to bending – general method, application on cantilever beam (example). 7. Correction. 8. Beam with the T cross-section – design for shear, shear between web and flanges of T cross-section, curtailment of reinforcement. 9. Design and review of a lintel - load, action and comcination, design for bendding, shear, direct and indirect supporting of beam, scheme of reinforcement. Reinforcement of ring beams. Drawings of reinforcement of designed members. 10. Vertical framed concrete structures: RC column subjected to bending and axial force – load, action of load, verification of load-bearing capacity via interactive diagram (example). 11. Correction. 12. Submit of the project. Credit.