Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering Materials - CIVE.2700
Course Instructor: George Hadjisophocleous,
Office: 3054 MC
Tel. Extension: 5801
Lectures: Tue 1600-1730, Thu 1600-1730
Lectures room: 3235 ME
Lab. - PA Session #1: Mon 830 - 1130
Lab. - PA Session #2: Wed 830 - 1130
Office Hours: Thu 1400-1600
Teaching Assistants: Ehab Zalok, Steve Craft
Some basic laboratory testing will be conducted
to determine certain properties of different construction materials.
Labs: 15% (All reports have to be handed in for
a passing grade)
Assignments: 20% (All assignments have to be handed in)
Final Exam: 45% (A minimum of 25% is required for a passing grade,
Marked final exams will not be returned to students)
Introduction to material science and engineering.
Classification of materials; Mechanical properties of engineering
materials; Selection criteria
Structure of atom and atomic bonding. Structure
of atom; Types of bonding: Bonding energies; Thermal properties
of solids; Bonding forces.
The structure of crystalline solids. Metallic crystal
structure; Co-ordination number and atom packing factor; Polymorphism
and allotropy; Crystallographic directions and planes; Crystalline
and non-crystalline materials; Anisotropy; Defects in crystals;
Atomic diffusion; Crystal slip.
Development of microstructure. Solidification; Crystallization;
Phase change and phase diagram; Microstructure (porosity, grain
size; composite microstructure).
Surface properties. Surface energy and surface tension;
Interfaces; Wetting; Adsorption; Surfactants; capillary effects;
Adhesion; Colloids; The double layer.
Steel. Applications; Structure and composition;
Steel production process; Classification and properties; Structural
steel shapes and specifications; Elastic and plastic behaviour;
necking and ductile failure; steel alloys.
Steel corrosion. Electrochemical considerations;
Corrosion; rates; Passivity; Environmental effects; Forms of corrosion;
Concrete. Applications; Constituent materials; Sitting
and hydration; Properties of fresh and hardened concrete; Concrete
Asphalt mixes. Types of asphalt; Properties of asphalt;
Asphalt grades; Asphalt concrete; Asphalt pavement.
Wood. Structure and properties; Shrinkage and seasoning;
Treatment and durability; Mechanical properties; Wood products.
Advanced fibre reinforced polymer composites. Applications
in civil engineering; reinforced types, matrix materials; Basic
properties of FRP composites; Available FRP products for civil
No textbook is required. Notes will be posted on
Callister, Jr., W.D., Materials Science and Engineering;
An Introduction, 4th Edition, John Willey & Sons, New York,
Somayajji, S. Civil Engineering materials, Prentice
Hall, New Jersey, 1995.
The Science and Technology of Civil Engineering
Materials, Young, Mindess, Gray and Bentur. ISBN # 0-13-659749-1,
published by Prentice Hall