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Construction Materials I

Code 14638
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Construction
Entry requirements Good knowledge of Physics and Chemistry. Knowledge of English.
Learning outcomes To provide appropriate training in the science of building materials, its structure, properties, processing conditions and performance, providing the basis for the development of knowledge in building materials and for the design and construction and buildings, in Civil Engineering.

a) Ability on selecting and application of different materials based on technical criteria for different conditions of use and performance in general;
b) Ability on the properties of construction materials;
c) Knowledge of the types of building materials available and the properties they must possess to different applications;
d) Knowledge of the need to use durable materials with better functional and environmental performance and for recycling and reuse of materials in its end of lifecycle;
e) Knowledge of different types of construction materials used in construction and requirements for its use.
Syllabus 1. Main properties of materials; European directive.
2. Products from natural stone; testing physical, mechanical properties of and their applications.
3. Ceramics and glass, the chemical composition of traditional ceramics, processing and testing of ceramic materials, structure and composition of glass used in construction.
4. Alloys and steel for construction, production and characteristics, corrosion and electroplating; Main types of steel used in construction,
5. Timber and related products; Chemical composition and physical properties of wood; Cork, its structure and composition and its applications.
6. Polymers, materials for insulation, waterproofing and paints; materials for thermal and acoustic insulation; Water sealing materials; Paints and varnishes; Asphalt and bituminous membranes; PVC membranes and flooring melamine.
7. Introduction to composite materials and binders: Air and hydraulic lime; Cements, mortars and hydraulic; Asphalt bitumen.
Main Bibliography Support texts for the study available online at UBI's Moodle;
ASKERLAND, D.R., The Science and engineering Materials, Chapman & Hall, 1990.
BASEL, Birkhäuser: “Basics Building Construction”. Ed. Bert Bielefeld. 2015.
Biblioteca ATRIUM de La Construccion, Tomo I – Materiales Para La Construccion, Océano/Centrum, 2002.
CALLISTER, W.D., Materials Science and Engineering – An Introduction, J. Wiley & Sons, 1991.
Estudo Comparativo de Materiais de Construção, Coimbra, APICC (Associação Portuguesa de Industrias da Cerâmica de Construção), 1993
Manual de Alvenaria de Tijolo, Coimbra, APICER, 2000
Manual de Aplicação de Revestimentos Cerâmicos, Coimbra, APICER, 2003
Materiais de Construção Civil e Princípios de Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais. 2 Volumes. Autor: Geraldo C. Isaia. Editora: IBRACON, 2007
Materiais de Construção, Guia de Utilização, Editor Loja da imagem, 2005:
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria In the lectures is adopted predominantly expository and inductive method by presenting practical cases and cases of everyday problem, beyond the theoretical content.

In practical classes students independently construct individual dossier by solving exercises, under the supervision of teachers, through consultation of bibliography for this purpose.

In the laboratory students apply the knowledge acquired in lectures and in the theoretical and practical. To this end, students are asked to develop an experimental laboratory work, according to specific test standards.

The evaluation is performed with an individual written test covering theoretical and practical issues, developing a portfolio of individual problem solving, an experimental laboratory work and also a work project which consists of a practical case study of choice and application of materials, based on technical criteria, in group, with presentation and discussion.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-20

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