Course D - Additive Manufacturing and 3D Concrete Printing


Additive Manufacturing and 3D Concrete Printing is an advanced course designed to provide doctoral students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, research methods, and applications of extrusion-based 3D concrete printing. This course introduces the fundamental aspects of rheology, printability, microstructure, mechanical properties, and applications of this rapidly evolving technology.

Course Outline & Syllabus

Rheology and Printability of Concrete for Extrusion-Based 3D Printing

In this module, we will introduce (1) the rheological basics, including yield stress, viscosity, thixotropy of fresh cementitious materials; (2) fresh properties of extrusion-based 3D printable concrete; (3) measurement of rheology and 3D printability of fresh cementitious materials.

Microstructure of 3D Printed Concrete

This module focuses on understanding the microstructure of 3D printed concrete. Students will learn about (1) the interaction between printing parameters, material composition, and the resulting microstructure of the printed concrete; (2) methods for characterizing the microstructure of 3D printed concrete.

Hardened Properties of 3D Printed Concrete

In this module, techniques for evaluating and characterizing the mechanical performance, and other properties related to the long-term behavior of 3D printed concrete will be conveyed.

Applications and challenges of 3D Concrete Printing Technology

The final module of the course focuses on the diverse range of applications for 3D concrete printing technology. Case studies of 3D printed concrete in construction, architecture, infrastructure, and other sectors will be presented. The challenges facing the future development will be discussed.

Course Conductors​

Yu Chen

Dr. Yu Chen, Postdoc Researcher, Delft University of Technology

Yamei Zhang

Professor, Southeast University