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Module Code: CEN207
Module Title: Construction Materials
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to introduce the factors which influence the selection of materials for engineering purposes, to develop understanding of the properties of these materials, and to lay a foundation for subsequent design work.

Learning outcomes 
Knowledge and Understanding

A The factors influencing the selection of the most appropriate material for a particular engineering purpose.

B The nature of concrete and the effect of constituents upon fresh and hardened properties.

C The procedures for construction with concrete, including quality control tests and procedures.

D The composite behaviour between reinforcing steel and concrete in a reinforced concrete beam and its influence upon failure mechanisms.

E Sustainable materials used in concrete field.

F The production methods, basic properties and applications of timber in construction.

G The different categories of plastics, their basic properties, and applications in construction. The scope for the use of glass in construction.

H The manufacturing process and properties of masonry, together with its use in construction.

I Metals used in constructions.

Intellectual Abilities

J The designing and selection of materials for the required purpose.

Practical Skills

K Laboratory skills involving materials (aggregates and concrete) testing, mix design, tests on fresh and hardened concrete.

L Observational skills to identify the behaviour of concrete in its fresh and hardened states.

M Teamwork and leadership skills by laboratory experiments undertaken in groups which the leader selected by themselves.

General Transferable Skills

N Literacy skills for report writing and collecting information from text books.
Method of teaching and learning 
The material in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures and practical sessions.

Introduction to general construction materials:

- Basic properties of materials, Importance of materials and selection of materials based on economic, engineering, performance and constructional criteria.


- Cement: History, Production method, Physical and chemical composition and properties, Properties of cement paste.
- Aggregate: Fine and coarse aggregate, Aggregate classification, Physical and mechanical properties.
- Concrete: Composition, Concrete mix design, Chemical admixtures and their effect, Fresh and early age properties of concrete, Strength development, Role of each material in concrete, Mechanical properties of concrete and their measurement, Durability performance and design of structural concrete, Reinforced concrete.
- Sustainable materials: Introduction to green concrete, Recycle aggregate, Light weight aggregate, Pulverized fuel ash (PFA), Fly ash, Silica fume, Ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS), Other cement replacement materials and fibres.


- Types of masonry, Materials and manufacturing of clay masonry, Properties, Mortar. Construction of masonry structures.


- Production including growth, Seasoning and sawing, Engineering properties, Grain, Effects of species and moisture, Protection and preservation, Construction applications of timber, Sustainability in selection of structural timber.

Plastics and Glass:

- Categories of plastic including chemical composition, Basic physical properties and applications in construction.

Industrial metals and alloys:

- Use of metals in structural applications, Steel (normal and high strength), Aluminium alloys.

Lab class:

- Laboratory experiment for aggregate testing and Concrete mixing.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26       8    41  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark

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