MATL06004 2019 Civil Engineering Materials

General Details

Full Title
Civil Engineering Materials
Transcript Title
Civil Engineering Materials
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Subject Area
MATL - Materials
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kathryn Ryan
Programme Membership
SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil 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

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A combination of lectures and practical classes 

Module Assessment Strategies

1. 1 hour MCQ exam mid-semester

2. 2 hour written final exam

3. Laboratory practical copy and oral presentation

Repeat Assessments

Learners may re-sit the terminal exam in autumn and,if required, re-submit practical copy before autumn repeats.

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 cube
  9. Effects of using supplementary cementitious materials and admixtures in concrete

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 Multiple Choice I hour exam Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 7 1,2
2 Practical Evaluation Laboratory reports and Oral Presentation Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % Week 15 2,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam 2 hours Final Exam Closed Book Exam 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

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Theory 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Not Specified Practicals 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Preparation of practical reports and reviewing lecture material 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011 Properties of Concrete Prentice Hall
ISBN UCSD:31822038680732

Properties of Concrete, first published in 1963, has been internationally acclaimed as the definitive work of reference on the subject for both the professional and the student engineer. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect advances in concrete technology over the past decade without losing sight of the original aim: to provide reliable, comprehensive and practical information on the properties and use of concrete, and the selection of mix proportions all based on scientific observations and the authors extensive engineering experience. The emphasis is on understanding the behaviour of concrete and relating it to physical and chemical phenomena involved in its performance in service, so that you can achieve the best possible construction in concrete. Also, the scientific basis of the information provided is invaluable in planning research and in the interpretation of test results.

Recommended Reading
2005-09-01 Aggregates in Concrete CRC Press
ISBN 0415258391 ISBN-13 9780415258395

Bringing together in one volume the latest research and information, this book provides a detailed guide to the selection and use of aggregates in concrete. After an introduction defining the purpose and role of aggregates in concrete, the authors present an overview of aggregate sources and production techniques, followed by a detailed study of their physical, mechanical and chemical properties. This knowledge is then applied to the use of aggregates in both plastic and hardened concretes, and in the overall mix design. Special aggregates and their applications are discussed in detail, as are the current main specifications, standards and tests.

Recommended Reading
20/02/2019 Concrete - Part 1: Specification, performance, production and conformity NSAI

Recommended Reading
1987 Concrete Practice
ISBN 0721013589 ISBN-13 9780721013589

This text aims to provide guidance for those concerned with the construction and day-to-day supervision of concrete work. The various sections deal with materials, concrete properties and mixes, ready-mixed concrete, site production and transporting concrete, placing and compaction, construction joints, concreting in cold or hot weather, reinforcement, formwork, curing, surface and floor finishes, testing and accuracy of construction. It also contains a list of relevant British Standards and other publications.

Recommended Reading
1996 Civil Engineering Materials Macmillan Pub Limited
ISBN 033363683X ISBN-13 9780333636831

For undergraduate students of civil engineering, construction technology, architecture and related disciplines, this revised edition covers the following key areas: metals, timber, soils, concrete, bituminous materials, polymers and bricks and blocks.

Recommended Reading
20/02/2019 I.S. EN 206-1:2002 Concrete-Part 1 Specification, Performance, Production and Conformity NSAI

Recommended Reading
20/02/2019 I.S. EN 12620:2002 Aggregates for Concrete NSAI

Recommended Reading
20/02/2019 I.S. EN 12350:2000 Testing Fresh Concrete NSAI

Recommended Reading
20/02/2019 I.S. EN 12390:2000 Testing Hardened Concrete NSAI

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



Journal Resources

Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering

Cement and Concrete Research

URL Resources

Other Resources


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