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Modern Construction Materials

ABOUT THE COURSE

The aim of the course is to provide the scientific basis for the understanding and development of construction materials. It serves as a foundation course for post-graduate students interested in careers involving research, teaching and/or construction engineering, as well as marketing, decision making, innovation and specification related to construction materials. It can also be a capstone course for undergraduates finishing their studies in civil engineering and architecture. 

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has 
INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee


INTENDED AUDIENCE

  • Core for post-graduates
  • Post-graduate and upper level undergraduate
  • BE/BTech/ME/MTech/BArch/MArch/MS/MPhil/Ph.D

PRE-REQUISITES

Knowledge of civil engineering or architecture

INDUSTRY SUPPORT – LIST OF COMPANIES/INDUSTRY THAT WILL RECOGNIZE/VALUE THIS ONLINE COURSE

Companies in the construction sector.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR


Dr. Ravindra Gettu  is a Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. After completing his PhD degree from Northwestern University (USA) in 1990, he was the Director of the Structural Technology Laboratory of the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, until 2004. He has co-authored more than 400 scientific and technical publications in the areas of concrete technology, effective use of admixtures, self compacting concrete, and fibre reinforced concrete. He is currently the Vice President of RILEM, the International Association of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Structures and Systems, based in France and in the Indian Concrete Institute. He has consulted for many leading construction materials manufacturers and projects. He has taught this course for the past 10 years at IIT Madras, along with Concrete Technology.

COURSE LAYOUT


Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Week 1

Prologue – Intro. to the course

Science,Engineering and Technology of Materials- 1&2

Atomic Bonding-1

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 1

Week 2

Atomic Bonding-2

Structure of Solids-1

Structure of Solids-2&3

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 2

Week 3

Movement of Atoms

Development of Microstructure-1

Development of Microstructure-2

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 3

Week 4

Surface Properties

Response to Stress-1

Response to Stress-2&3

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 4

Week 5

Failure Theories

Fracture Mechanics-1

Fracture Mechanics-2

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 5

Week 6

Rheology & Thermal properties

Review of Const. Materials & Criteria for Selection

Wood and Wood Products-1

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 6

Week 7

Wood and Wood Products-2

Wood and Wood Products-3

Polymers

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 7

Week 8

Fibre Reinforced Polymers-1&2

Metals-1

Metals-2

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 8

Week 9

Metals-3

Bituminous Materials-1

Bituminous Materials-2

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 9

Week 10

Concrete-1

Concrete-2

Concrete-3

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 10

Week 11

Concrete-4

Concrete-5

Glass - Guest Lecture

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 11

Week 12

Waterproofing Materials

Polymer Floor Finishes

Anchors

Assignment

Assignment based on topics covered in Week 12


SUGGESTED READING

Text Book:

1. Building Materials, P.C. Varghese, Prentice-Hall India, 2555.

Reference Books:

1. Materials Science and Engineering: An introduction, W.D. Callister, John Wiley, 1994.

2. Materials Science and Engineering, V. Raghavan, Prentice Hall, 1990.

3. Properties of Engineering Materials, R.A. Higgins, Industrial Press, 1994.

4. Construction materials: Their nature and behaviour, Eds. J.M. Illston and P.L.J. Domone, 3rd ed., Spon Press, 2551.

5. The Science and Technology of Civil Engineering Materials, J.F. Young, S. Mindess, R.J. Gray & A. Bentur, Prentice Hall, 1998.

6. Engineering Materials 1: An introduction to their properties & applications, M.F. Ashby and D.R.H. Jones, Butterworth Heinemann, 2553.

7. The Science and Design of Engineering Materials, J.P. Schaffer, A. Saxena, S.D. Antolovich, T.H. Sanders and S.B. Warner, Irwin, 1995.

8. Concrete: Microstructure, properties and materials, P.K. Mehta and P.J.M. Monteiro, McGraw Hill, 2556.

9. Properties of concrete, A.M. Neville, Pearson, 2554.


CERTIFICATION EXAM :

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 28 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

CERTIFCATION:

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.