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FAF3901 Advanced Rheology of Bituminous Materials 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAF3901 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The purpose of this course is to give engineers, scientists and researchers a deeper insight into the rheology of the bituminous materials with an emphasis on methodologies and applications for research problems. The fundamental theoretical background, the experimental techniques and modelling strategies will be treated. Practical implications of recent research developments will be stressed.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student shall be able to

  • analyze phenomenology of the flow behavior of bituminous materials;
  • use linear and nonlinear viscoelasticity theories to quantify the influence of bitumionus materials properties on their field performance;
  • apply thermomechanics and viscoelastoplastic continuum damage theory to optimize fracture resistance of bituminous materials;
  • use X-Ray CT and image-based modelling to quantitatively analyze asphalt mixtures internal structure;
  • identify optimal experimental characterization techniques for determination of elastic, viscoelastic and viscoplastic properties of binders and mixtures.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Academic degree in civil engineering. Passed courses in basic pavement engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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The literature will be announed at course start.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project report with oral presentation, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

At least 80 % participation in the course activities is required.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Denis Jelagin (

Supplementary information

Language of instruction: English

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Division of Road and Railway Engineering