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Unit of study_

CIVL9110: Materials

Materials are an important part of the civil engineers' work. Indeed, civil engineers who are concerned with the design, construction, and maintenance of facilities need to understand the behaviour and performance of the materials used. And as it happens, mechanical properties- which are essential and basic for civil engineers- are highly dependent on the structure of materials at various scales. Therefore, it is important that a student in Civil Engineering possesses a fundamental knowledge in materials science. This unit of study aims to provide students with the tools necessary to select the adequate material for a particular application and to assess its mechanical behaviour while in use. This course will focus mainly on materials for civil engineering and construction applications, i. e. metals, concrete and soils.

Code CIVL9110
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. design a presentation using powerpoint and write a lab report
  • LO2. summarise and discuss a research paper
  • LO3. select the correct material for an application and appreciate the repercussions of an incorrect selection
  • LO4. comprehend the relations between the structure of materials and their mechanical properties
  • LO5. apply basic materials concepts relative to materials structures
  • LO6. describe and utilize mechanical concepts such as stress, strain, elasticity, plasticity, fracture, fatigue and creep that will be used in other units of study in civil engineering.
  • LO7. become familiar with microscopy methods associated with materials engineering

Unit outlines

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