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CEG2303 : Construction Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Enrico Masoero
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a broad understanding of the properties of civil and structural engineering materials and their application in design and construction.

Outline Of Syllabus

Steel, concrete and timber will be covered in detail, with coverage of the key considerations for more advanced materials such as glass, aluminium, fabrics, films, polymers and composites.
The properties of engineering materials will be explained by consideration of the underlying material science (metallurgy, concrete technology, timber structure & behaviour) and manufacturing processes. These properties include: strength, stiffness, failure behaviour (brittle or ductile), creep, durability, robustness, weight, cost, variability, availability, dynamic response and fatigue, embodied energy, aesthetics, speed of construction, thermal mass, waterproofness, re-use and recycling. The environmental impact of construction materials will be compared, and options to reduce environmental impact will be considered. Where appropriate these properties will be explored through practical laboratories. Utilisation of materials in construction will be considered with reference to the required material properties for each type of construction. For example, the forms of concrete construction (mass, reinforced, pre- or post-tensioned, in-situ, precast, fibre reinforced, shotcrete) will be discussed in terms of the required material properties for each form of construction and how those properties can be achieved. A wide range of case studies of existing structures and infrastructure projects will be used as a basis for discussion and analysis of materials selection for engineering applications, based on relative performance of materials and the impact of material properties on design.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Preparation for virtual laboratory exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Multiple Choice Question Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Practical write-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Virtual laboratory on concrete design and testing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Workshops on material selection for civil engineering applications
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:3059:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to convey essential information
Workshops are used to encourage discussion of options for material selection case studies
Practicals provides hands-on active learning and reinforce classroom based learning

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A100Multiple Choice Question Examination
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1MIndividual Materials testing lab write up (online on PC)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Individual lab report ensures that students understand both material testing and fundamental material behaviour.

The multiple choice question examination will include both fundamental materials science and selection of materials for civil engineering applications.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students would be required to sit an examination.

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