KT8309 - Thermodynamic modelling of cementitious systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100 ALLE

Course content

Mass balance calculations for cementitious systems. Fundamentals of thermodynamic modelling. Prediction of pore solutions, hydration and phase changes.

Learning outcome

The course should provide the students with an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of thermodynamic modelling and enable them to do typical calculations independently and to interpret the obtained results. Knowledge - Understanding of the principles of mass balance calculations - Understanding of the principles of thermodynamic modelling - Basic knowledge on thermodynamic data - Basic knowledge on the possibilities of mass balance calculations and short introduction to thermodynamic modelling - Awareness of errors and pitfalls Skills - Ability to use - ternary diagrams to calculate hydrate composition of cementitious materials, considering limitations and pitfalls - GEMS to calculate hydrate composition of cementitious materials - GEMS to calculate saturation indices - GEMS to assess chemical interaction with the environment General competence: - Ability to reflect and argue on a scientific basis - Ability to use thermodynamic modelling for interpretation of experimental data.

Learning methods and activities

Four days intensive course. Lectures and exercises including presentations by participants. Reading and preparation of a short presentation before course. A short written report applying the acquired knowledge and skills to own research. The lectures, exercises and reporting are in English. To pass the course participation and an approved report are required. A fee covering lecture material, meals etc. will be applied.

Compulsory assignments

  • Report

Further on evaluation

For a re-take of an examination a new report needs to be written.

Course materials

Lecture notes as well as supplementary journal and conference papers.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering- and Environmental Geophysics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Building Materials
  • Building Materials
  • Concrete Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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