Materials

Module aims

In this module you will develop the ability to assess the material properties required and select appropriate materials for different civil engineering applications, and you will learn why commonly used civil engineering materials behave as they do.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to: 
 
• Determine the properties required of a material and select appropriate materials for different civil engineering applications. 
• Recognise why common and potentially important materials have the properties they do, and deduce why they behave in the way they do. 
• Evaluate where the use of a particular material is likely to be problematic.
 

Module syllabus

The world of materials and introduction to materials selection. Materials lab class – reverse engineering. 
 
Material selection. 
 
Computer lab – materials selection tutorial. 
 
Concrete construction. 
Cement. 
 
Aggregate and admixtures. 
 
Early age properties of concrete. 
 
Mechanical properties and volume changes in concrete. 
 
Durability of concrete and concrete structures. 
 
Types of materials - properties/processing/applications. 
 
Ceramics in civil engineering and construction. 
 
Glass in civil engineering and construction. 
 
Use of wood in civil engineering and construction. 
 
Polymers/plastics in civil engineering and construction. 
 
Introduction to metals and their use in civil engineering and phase diagrams. 
 
Metallurgy and manufacture of steels. 
 
Corrosion and protection of steel structures. 
 
Review session including typical materials exam questions.
 

Assessments

Assessment Information is provided separately in Blackboard Learn.

Module leaders

Dr Rupert Myers