Course Title : Construction Materials

Code 30240
Course Year 3rd year
Term 1st term, every year
Class day & Period 2nd period, Monday
Location Kyotsu 155
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor Hattori, A., Assoc. Prof., Graduate School of Engineering
Yamamoto, T., Assoc. Prof., Graduate School of Engineering

Course Description

Knowledge and techniques to use construction structural materials from micro-structures to macro-structures are introduced.


Evaluate considering the scores of final examination and the submitted reports.

Course Goals

The student will understand the properties, production and testing methods of concrete, steel, composite materials etc. In addition, the student will understand the way of thinking for construction materials.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 1 Classification of materials, history of construction materials, ethics for civil engineers and current topics are introduced
Basic structure 1 Bond between atoms, ideal strength, dislocation, yield, and mechanical properties are introduced.
Metallic materials & steel 1 Metallic material, iron, blast furnace, refine, steel, transformation, heat treatment and metallic new materials are introduced.
Matellic corrosion & protection 1 Corrosion and corrosion protection of metals are explained.
Polymer materials 1 Resin, rubber, fiber, polymer concrete and organic new materials are explained.
Cement 1 Types of cements, chemical composition, chemical compound, hydration, hydration heat and blended cement are introduced.
Admixture for concrete 1 Chemical admixture, water-reducing admixture, air-entraining admixture, mineral admixture, pozzolanic reaction, latent hydraulic property and high-range admixture are introduced.
Aggregate & mixing water, fresh concrete 1 Aggregate, mixing water and fresh concrete (workability, rheology, consistency, segregation) are explained.
Mechanical properties of concrete 1 The water cement ratio, compressive strength, flexural strength, tensile strength and toughness are introduced.
Durability of concrete Durability, alkali-silica-reaction, shrinkage are introduced.
Corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete 1 Corrosion of reinforcing steel, carbonation, chloride induced corrosion are introduced.
Mix design of concrete 1 Mix desig of concrete is explained.
HIgh performance concrete and reinforcement 1 High performance concrete and special reinforcement are introduced.
Inspection & investigation methods for concrete structures 1 Surface hardness, ultrasonic pulse, elastic wave, thermography, half cell potential and polarization resistance are explained.
End-term examination & achievement confirmation 1 Achievement of learning is confirmed.


Toyoaki Miyagawa and Keitetsu Rokugo: Construction materials, Asakura ltd (in Japanese)



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Additional Information

Visiting Hattori at rm C1-218, Katsura and/or Yamamoto at rm C1-456, Katsura are welcome.