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Module

CEG2303 : Construction Materials

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

Aims

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

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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