Modern Construction Materials

By Prof. Ravindra Gettu   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 440
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. 

Core for post-graduates, Post-graduate and upper level undergraduate, BE/BTech/ME/MTech/BArch/MArch/MS/MPhil/Ph.D
PREREQUISITES : Knowledge of civil engineering or architecture
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Companies in the construction sector.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1  :  Prologue – Intro. to the course, Science,Engineering and Technology of Materials- 1&2, Atomic Bonding-1
Week 2  :  Atomic Bonding-2, Structure of Solids-1, Structure of Solids-2&3
Week 3  :  Movement of Atoms, Development of Microstructure-1,Development of Microstructure-2
Week 4  :  Surface Properties, Response to Stress-1, Response to Stress-2&3
Week 5  :  Failure Theories, Fracture Mechanics-1, Fracture Mechanics-2
Week 6  :  Rheology & Thermal properties, Review of Const. Materials & Criteria for Selection, Wood and Wood Products-1
Week 7  :  Wood and Wood Products-2, Wood and Wood Products-3, Polymers
Week 8  :  Fibre Reinforced Polymers-1&2, Metals-1, Metals-2
Week 9  :  Metals-3, Bituminous Materials-1, Bituminous Materials-2
Week 10:  Concrete-1, Concrete-2, Concrete-3
Week 11:  Concrete-4, Concrete-5, Glass - Guest Lecture, Glass - Guest Lecture
Week 12:  Waterproofing Materials, Polymer Floor Finishes, Anchors

Books and references

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.

Instructor bio

Prof. Ravindra Gettu

IIT Madras
Prof. Ravindra Gettu is a chair professor of civil engineering at IIT Madras. He has coordinated the introductory course at IITM and given lectures at other institutes on civil engineering for more than 10 years. He has a wide range of experience in research, education and consultancy. His specific area of expertise is construction materials.

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: 23 April 2022 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 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 Madras .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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