Advanced Course: Concrete Crack models, discrete vs Smeared


MODULE A-1:  Concrete Crack Models, discrete vs Smeared

Couse Level:  Advanced (English Language)


Tuesday, 15th February 2022 (15:00>17:30 CET)

Thursday, 17th February 2022 (15:00>17:30 CET)

Cost: The cost of this course is €750.  Additional discounts can be organised for group attendance (more than three persons), for more information please contact us.

Continuing Professional Development:  Constructeursregister:  2 KE/PE-points 


  • Crack Modeling 
    • Discrete cracking (physical & empirical models) 
    • Smeared cracking 
      • Multiple fixed crack model 
      • Total strain based crack model 
      • Rankine principal stress model
    • Modeling approach for fiber reinforced concrete 
    • Random fields 
    • Tips & Tricks for advanced concrete crack analysis
  • Exercise: Reinforced concrete beam under static load - comparison of the different models (insight) 
  • Q&A

Competencies:  After completing this module, you will gain an in-depth understanding of concrete crack modelling and the pros/cons of the different approaches. 

Who Should Attend?  Practicing engineers, and academics with a minimum of two years experience using DIANA, or those who have attended the DIANA Intermediate Modules I2 (Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis in DIANA) & I3 (Reinforced Concrete Analysis in DIANA).  

Course Format:  The course is divided into two sessions, each session will be approximately 2.5hrs in length, and will include lectures, live demos or insights, and discussions.   DIANA will be made available to participants for the duration of the course.

About the Tutor

Dr. Denise Ferreira obtained her MSc in Structural Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal (2009) and her PhD from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona (2013). She worked as a researcher being involved in several projects focused on the analysis of concrete structures, covering both numerical and experimental fields. She has worked at DIANA FEA BV since 2016 primarily as a documentation curator for the DIANA developments. She is also part of the DIANA training group, giving lectures and demonstrations, especially dedicated to the structural analysis of concrete structures.

* Continuing Professional Development 
Registered (or chartered) designers, chartered engineers and registered construction supervisors (register-ontwerpers, register-constructeurs en register-toetsers) receive points for permanent education or entry to the Constructeursregister.

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