Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Materials for Construction 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces the students to a wide range of construction materials. These include metals (steel, cast iron, stainless steels, copper and aluminium alloys), ceramic materials (clay products, glass and refractories) and polymeric materials (plastics and rubbers).

This leads to an introduction of composites which are a combination of two materials, the reinforcing material and the matrix material which can be metal, ceramic, or polymer.

The nature, properties and capabilities of these materials to be applied in the building industry will be presented.

Study-unit Aims:

This study unit aims to familiarise students with the different materials to be used for construction, mainly metals, polymers, ceramics and their composites. This study-unit gives the students the knowledge be able to use the appropriate materials in the building industry.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- differentiate between the basic structures of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.
- describe different types of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites.
- distinguish between different materials.
- identify applications for the different materials.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- explain the structure of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.
- choose the right material for different applications and uses within the construction industry.
- design a simple composite material for structural applications.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

J. M. Illston, Construction Materials (Their nature and behaviour), CRC press, 2001.

W.D. Callister, Materials Science and Engineering.

S. K. Duggal, Building Materials, New Age International (P) Limited, Publishers, Third Edition, 2009.

G.D. Taylor, Materials in Construction - An Introduction, Longman 2000.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: MME1203

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Project and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 No 25%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Maurice Grech

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