Cracks and Crack Control in Concrete Structures


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Cracking in reinforced concrete structures is inevitable. Cracks occur wherever and whenever the tensile stress in the concrete exceeds the tensile strength of the concrete. This can occur as a result of design, supply, construction, and project management processes. For example, if care is not taken during construction, cracking can occur in the wet concrete before the concrete sets due to plastic shrinkage or plastic settlement. After the concrete sets and hardens, tensile stress at any location in the structure may be caused by many different factors, including early-age heat of hydration, applied loads, restrained shrinkage, temperature changes, settlement of the supports and so on. This can have dramatic impacts on the concrete, the structure, and the stakeholders involved.
This online learning module is a recording of the Institute’s seminar on Cracks and Crack Control in Concrete Structures. It looks at how concrete cracking can be controlled by decisions made at the design stage and during the practical application of the material. The module will also consider where the risk lies in cracking, who is responsible, and the impact it can have on the overall performance of the concrete.
Two of Australia’s concrete experts with respect to cracking, crack control requirements, and the practical implications of these, will provide their extensive research and knowledge in these areas to provide users with specific information that can be applied to create better concrete outcomes for designers, suppliers, placers, contractors, project managers, and asset owners.

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By purchasing this Online Learning Module, you will have the opportunity to view recorded presentations (video and audio) at your own pace over a 90-day period.

You will also receive pdf notes to accompany this Learning Module ($40.00 for Non Members).

Emeritus Professor Ian Gilbert - Professor of Civil Engineering - University of New South Wales

Mr Michael van Koeverden - Concrete Institute of Australia Immediate Past President and Director, CQT Services


  • Session 1 - Types of Cracks and Design Requirements - Professor Ian Gilbert - 53 minutes
  • Session 2 - Formation and Assessment of Cracks - Professor Ian Gilbert - 18 minutes
  • Session 3 - Properties of Concrete AS 3600 - Professor Ian Gilbert - 27 minutes
  • Session 4 - Shrinkage Induced Cracking and Crack Control - Professor Ian Gilbert - 50 minutes
  • Session 5 - Cracking Caused by Applied Loads - Professor Ian Gilbert - 34 minutes
  • Session 6 - Crack Control in Practice - Mr Michael van Koeverden - 1 hour 12 minutes
  • Session 7 - Cost of Unplanned Cracking and Open Forum - Mr Michael van Koeverden - 1 hour 17 minutes
‚ÄčTotal Viewing Time - 6 hours