Hydration, Porosity & Strength of Cementitious Materials

By Prof. Sudhir Misra, Prof. K. V. Harish   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1243
Cement and concrete is the backbone of infrastructure development and it is important that engineers have a clear understanding of issues involved not only with cement, hydration and strength development, but also porosity, permeability and durability. With the basic framework using Ordinary Portland Cement, the course focuses on developing the subject in light of advances in chemical and mineral admixtures. Though the subject matter is approached from the point of view of the concrete science, the fact that paste made with OPC alone or in combination with other cementitious materials, is almost never used in the field is not light of. Illustrative examples from actual applications will be included to show the applications of the scientific principles.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students of civil engineering in colleges and practicing professionals in the area of cement, concrete and construction industry
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. Only the fundamental knowledge of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at the level of first year of Engineering courses will be required.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:  The cement, concrete and construction industry should find the course very useful.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Materials Technology
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1  : General
Week 2  : Introduction
Week 3  : Portland Cement Based Paste System
Week 4  : Portland Cement Based Paste System (Contd.)
Week 5  : Mineral Admixtures
Week 6  : Mineral Admixtures (Contd.)
Week 7  : Paste & Concrete
Week 8  : Paste & Concrete (Contd.)

Books and references

•    Sidney, M., Young, J.F., and Darwin, D. Concrete, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, Pearson Education, Inc., New Jersey, 2003.
•   Mehta, P.K., and Monteiro P.J.M., Concrete – Microstructure, Properties and Materials, Third Edition, McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited, New Delhi, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1993 or 2006. 
•    Neville, A.M., Properties of concrete, 5th Edition, Pitman Publishers, 1996.
•    Shetty, M.S., Concrete Technology (Theory and Practice), S. Chand & Company Ltd., New Delhi.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sudhir Misra

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Sudhir Misra is Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and has a keen interest in concrete materials, construction and engineering. He has worked with consulting and construction companies also during his 35 years of professional experience, and also led the effort to initiate a graduate programme in Infrastructure Engineering and Management at IIT Kanpur. He has been a member of committees of the BIS and also worked with professional organizations in Japan and India. His research interests include durability and non-destructive testing of concrete and development and utilization of special concretes. A lecture module of Concrete Engineering and Technology by him is also available online under the NPTEL scheme of the Government of India.

Prof. K. V. Harish

Dr. K.V. Harish is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur. He completed his Ph. D in 2011 at the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. During his doctoral studies, he was a recipient of ACI-BASF Foundation Student Fellowship for the academic year 2010-2011. He completed his Bachelors and Masters studies in India and is a University Rank Holder in both degrees. After Masters education, he worked as a Scientist in Structural engineering research center, CSIR Campus for 2 years. His research interests include microstructure of cement based materials, development of high- and ultra-high performance concretes, repair and rehabilitation of concrete structures, sustainable concretes. During the last three years, he has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses such as Design of Reinforced Concrete Structure, Special Concretes, Durability of Concrete Structures and Construction Management.

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: 26 September 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcments 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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