MATL06004 2012 Civil Engineering Materials

General Details

Full Title
Civil Engineering Materials
Transcript Title
Civil Engineering Materials
N/A %
Subject Area
MATL - Materials
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Kathryn Ryan
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EENVI_B07 201300 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering *** Copy *** SG_ECIVI_C06 201200 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_EENVI_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering SG_ECIVI_H08 201400 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EENVE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering

The student will learn about the key material properties, behaviour and performance of aggregates, concrete, wood, metals, bituminous materials and polymers which are important to their successful application in civil engineering works.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the constituent materials in concrete and evaluate how their properties influence the behaviour and performance of the resulting concrete


Specify and design concrete mixes for typical applications and perform quality assurance testing on the concrete in the fresh and hardened state.


Describe types, production methods, properties and performance of metals, timber, bituminous materials and polymers


Perform as a team member in the execution, compilation and analysis of laboratory experiments


Compile and report, in both written and oral form, the results and conclusions of laboratory work

Module Assessment Strategies

1. 1 hour MCQ exam mid-semester

2. 2 hour written final exam

3. Laboratory practical copy and oral presentation

Indicative Syllabus


  1. Concrete Making Materials:  Cement, manufacture of cement, types of cement and uses, fundamentals of cement chemistry. Hydration. Secondary cementitious materials, ggbs, pfa and silica fume.  Aggregates, types, production, properties, EN 12620, significance of aggregate properties in concrete manufacture. Recycled aggregates. Water for concrete making.  Admixtures.
  2. Fresh concrete: Water-cement ratio, properties of fresh concrete, consistence. Problems arising in fresh concrete. EN 12350. Readymixed concrete. EN 206
  3. Formwork and Reinforcement:  Materials used and components of formwork, requirements of formwork. Reinforcement.
  4. Compaction and curing. Concreting in cold weather / hot weather
  5. Properties of hardened concrete, strength and factors influencing strength. EN 12390. Durability, mechanisms of deterioration of concrete.
  6. Specifying concrete. Concrete Mix Design
  7. Precast and prestressed concrete. Precast concrete production. Pretensioning and post-tensioning.  High-performance concrete. Lightweight concrete. Self-compacting concrete


  1. Introduction. Environmental considerations. Structure of metals. Dislocations. Malleability and ductility. Hardness
  2. Forming metals. Joining metal components
  3. Ferrous metals. Influence of carbon content. Brittleness. Ductility. Weldability. Low-carbon steels. Steel alloys
  4. Heat treatment
  5. Non-ferrous metals. Aluminium, zinc, copper, lead. Alloys.Corrosion of metals.  Practical precautions against corrosion.


  1. Structure and properties. Production.
  2. Properties:  Strength. Effects of variations in moisture content. Distortions.
  3. Durability: Insect damage. Fungal growth. Treatments and remediation.  Preservatives. Behaviour in fire.
  4. Timber composites. Sheet materials, plywood, chipboard, OSB, MDF. Glued laminated sections.


  1. Introduction:  Manufacture and handling. Health & safety aspects.
  2. Physical Properties:   Viscosity, adhesion. Temperature susceptibility. Stiffness. Bitumen emulsions
  3. Types and applications of bituminous mixtures:   Asphalts. Macadams. Surface dressing. Defects in bituminous pavements.
  4. Bitumens in construction industry:   Roofing. Damp-proofing. Sealing and water-proofing


  1. Introduction: Polymer types. Production. Thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics
  2. Properties: Density. Mechanical behaviour. Thermal properties. Permeability. Durability.
  3. Polymers in civil engineering:   Structural plastics and composites. Pipes.    
  4. Coatings and adhesives

Indicative Practicals/Projects

  1. Determination of the moisture content of an aggregate.
  2. Determination of the gradings of a coarse and fine aggregate and fines content
  3. Determination of flakiness index
  4. Determination of Los Angeles Abrasion
  5. Determination of particle density and water absorption of an aggregate.
  6. Concrete mix design
  7. Determination of consistence using slump and flow tests.
  8. Preparation and testing of concrete cubes.
  9. Use of rebound hammer and covermeter
  10. Tensile test of steel specimen

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Laboratory reports and Oral Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 4,5
2 Multiple Choice I hour exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 7 1,2

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam 2 hours Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Practicals 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Preparation of practical reports, reviewing lecture material 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





Neville, A., M.

Properties of Concrete 5th Edition



Alexander, Mark G.,

Mindess, Sidney.

Aggregates in Concrete

Taylor & Francis



I.S. EN 206-1:2002 Concrete-Part 1 Specification, Performance, Production and Conformity




I.S. EN 12620:2002 Aggregates for Concrete




I.S. EN 12350:2000 Testing Fresh Concrete




I.S. EN 12390:2000 Testing Hardened Concrete



Blackledge G.F. & Binns R.A.

Concrete Practice British Cement Association 2002

Jackson, N & Dhir, R.K.

Civil Engineering Materials



Other Resources


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