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CV1013 Civil Engineering Materials

[Lectures: 39 hrs; Tutorials: 0 hr; Pre-requisites: None; Academic Unit: 3.0]


​Learning Objective

The course aims to teach students about civil engineering material properties which are relevant in engineering applications, and factors governing material selection and its importance with the design and failure of structures.

Course Content

This course introduces civil engineering materials at a basic level.

  1. Civil engineering materials and environmental considerations.
  2. Concrete technology: concrete-making materials, properties of fresh and hardened concrete, mixing, placing, and curing, mix design, destructive and non-destructive tests, quality control, durability, and special concretes.
  3. Masonry. Steel: basic metallurgy, properties and applications, welding technology and corrosion. Wood and timber: classification, properties affecting design, mechanical strength and defects. Polymers, plastics, and fiber-reinforced composites.
  4. Highway materials: bitumen, cutbacks, emulsified asphalt, road aggregates and asphalt concrete.


Course Outline

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Topic

1

Civil engineering materials and environmental considerations

2

Concrete-making materials

3

Properties of concrete

4

Mix design of concrete, site practice

5

Concrete testing, durability

6

Masonry

7

Steel

8

Wood and timber

9

Polymers, plastics, and fiber-reinforced composites

10

Highway materials

11

Green construction materials, special concrete

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the mechanical, physical, chemical and electrochemical properties of civil engineering materials, including: concrete, masonry, metal and alloys, timber, polymeric materials, plastics, fiber-reinforced composites, and asphalt.
  • Recommend materials to use in civil engineering projects based on the mechanical and physical characteristics.
  • Understand the standard tests and/or interpret test results related to aggregates, Portland cement concrete and bituminous mixes.
  • Design Portland cement concrete and bituminous mixes.
  • Identify the causes of failure of the civil engineering materials like concrete, steel, timber, and bituminous mixes.


Textbook

  1. Michael S. Mamlouk and John P. Zaniewski, Materials for Civil and Construction Engineers, 2nd edition, Pearson Educational International, USA, 2009.

Reference

  1. N. Jackson and R.K. Dhir, Civil Engineering Materials, 5th edition, Palgrave, New York, 1996.