MEng Civil Engineering
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Materials 2 (Civil)
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit builds on and expands the topics of concrete, metals and corrosion which were introduced in Materials 1 (Civil). Additionally, polymer and glass materials are introduced. In this unit the properties of these materials are illustrated with examples from construction practice. Deterioration mechanisms (and their prevention) are examined in more detail.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Materials 1 (Civil)||CIVL10152||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
To provide a detailed coverage of the technology of a range of the most widely used Civil Engineering construction materials and the modifications available to prevent or ameliorate deterioration mechanisms. Performance enhancement of concrete, steel, polymers and glass will also be studied.
Concrete: Cement types and specification, Concrete specification, Properties of concrete, Strength gain in concrete, Admixtures, Placement of concrete, Special concretes, Durability, Additives, Sustainability, Recent developments and New trends
Metals: Microstructure, phase diagrams, performance and application of plain carbon steel (including heat treatment and welding), Cast Iron, Aluminium and its alloys.
Corrosion: Mechanisms and remediation (pit & crevice corrosion, protective oxides, corrosion in reinforcement, cathodic protection and design considerations)
Polymers: overview and historical development, chemical structure, main types used in construction, behaviour under stress (creep and stress relaxation), glass transition temperature, degradation mechanisms and their prevention.
Glass: historical development, chemistry and mechanical properties, strengthening methods, structural glazing.
Knowledge and understanding
Recognise potential defects and explain how these are detected.
Demonstrate understanding of general and localised corrosion processes.
Link knowledge of the individual materials into a wider engineering context.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||20%|
- General feedback on performance after the exam board on Blackboard
- Individual script viewing.
- Feedback on Blackboard within 15 working days of submission
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Martin Simmons||Unit coordinator|