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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering Materials - CIVE.2700

Course Instructor: George Hadjisophocleous, Ph.D., P.Eng.
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

Course Labs

Some basic laboratory testing will be conducted to determine certain properties of different construction materials.

Marking Scheme

Labs: 15% (All reports have to be handed in for a passing grade)
Assignments: 20% (All assignments have to be handed in)
Midterm: 20%
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; corrosion prevention.

Concrete. Applications; Constituent materials; Sitting and hydration; Properties of fresh and hardened concrete; Concrete mix design.

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 engineering applications.


No textbook is required. Notes will be posted on the web.

Reference Texts

Callister, Jr., W.D., Materials Science and Engineering; An Introduction, 4th Edition, John Willey & Sons, New York, 1997

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



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