Building Materials and Composites

By Prof. Sumana Gupta   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 4387
Students as a beginner in the trade of Architecture through this course will get exposed to the different materials used in building construction. Conventional materials would be discussed with an outline of its manufacturing or procuring process, properties, applications and simultaneously the alternative materials replacing them would be also covered. A number of engineered materials have come up in use in the building industry as a substitute of the original material like engineered wood replacing wood or AAC and flyash bricks replacing clay bricks. A coverage on such alternate materials would be included. Large span and highrise structures use composite flooring system or steel for structural system, use of precast walling and flooring systems for fast delivery are other contents to expose students to other material applications in building industry.Finishes as in floors and walls like tiles, stone and clay tile cladding, paints and their appropriateness on different surfaces would be discussed. Nanotechnologies used in this trade would also be mentioned for specific materials stating their use. Specific ways of assembling different materials would also be highlighted to give consolidated knowledge to the students.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 06 Nov 2020
Exam Date : 18 Dec 2020 IST
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Construction Materials Technology
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:  Clay products and alternatives like Fly-ash, CEB, CSEB
Week 2:  Stone, stone tiles and stone dust blocksWood and engineered wood
Week 3:  Glass and glazing systems, ceramic tiles, vitrified tiles, insulation
Week 4:  Fine aggregate, Coarse aggregate, Cement, Concrete
Week 5:  Precast items – flooring, roofing, walling system, HBC, AAB
Week 6:  Ferrous and non-ferrous metals
Week 7:  Bitumen as damp proofing materials, Paints
Week 8:  Plastics, Composites, nanotechnology applications

Books and references

Building Materials, S.K. Duggal

Instructor bio

Prof. Sumana Gupta

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Sumana Gupta is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning at IIT Kharagpur since 2013. She completed her Masters degree and Doctoral Degree from the same Institute in 2008 and 2012 with a special interest in transportation planning and service quality evaluation of transport related facilities. Prior to this she worked for fourteen years as a professional architect and as a Lecturer in a Government Polytechnic College in India. She completed her Bachelor degree in Architecture in 1992 from Calcutta University. During her professional exposure as an architect she was involved in Science city auditorium design and presently offers the Buliding Acoustics course to the fourth year architecture students for the last four years.

Course certificate

•The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
•The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 18 December, 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm. 
•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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
•Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

• Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
• Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
•Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

•If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
• 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 Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
•Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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