Advanced Concrete Materials

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the applications of special materials and advanced processes relating to modern concrete construction.  
  • Explain how the composition and microstructure of cementitious materials affect their properties and performance. 
  • Evaluate advanced concrete materials and recommend technical solutions for sustainable infrastructure development.  
  • Assess the latest advances and innovations in concrete technology, and explain their underpinning science. 
  • Develop an appreciation of the principles, challenges and limitations of service-life prediction.

Module syllabus

This module will cover: 

  • Special cements, aggregates and admixtures: calcium aluminate cement, oil-well cement, expansive cement, pumping aids, corrosion inhibitors and waterproofing admixtures. Alternative low-carbon binders including alkali-activated and magnesium-based cements.  
  • Further aspects of fresh and hardened concrete: rheology, fire resistance, self-healing, acid attack, salt crystallisation, abrasion, efflorescence and delayed ettringite formation.  
  • Recent advances in concrete technology: light/heavy-weight concrete, high-performance concrete, self-compacting concrete, shotcrete, underwater concrete, fibre-reinforced concrete, no-fines concrete, mass concrete and roller-compacted concrete.  
  • Service life assessment and modelling. 


Pre-Requisite for Stuctures MSc Students: CIVE97093 Concrete Materials


2 hour written examinations (100%)

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Hong Wong