Created byRavindra Gettu
The aim of the course is to provide the scientific basis for the understanding and development of construction materials. It serves as a foundation course for post-graduate students interested in careers involving research, teaching and/or construction engineering, as well as marketing, decision making, innovation and specification related to construction materials. It can also be a capstone course for undergraduates finishing their studies in civil engineering and architecture.
Core for post-graduates
Post-graduate and upper level undergraduate
Knowledge of civil engineering or architecture
Prologue – Intro. to the course
Science,Engineering and Technology of Materials- 1&2
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 1
Structure of Solids-1
Structure of Solids-2&3
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 2
Movement of Atoms
Development of Microstructure-1
Development of Microstructure-2
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 3
Response to Stress-1
Response to Stress-2&3
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 4
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 5
Rheology & Thermal properties
Review of Const. Materials & Criteria for Selection
Wood and Wood Products-1
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 6
Wood and Wood Products-2
Wood and Wood Products-3
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 7
Fibre Reinforced Polymers-1&2
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 8
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 9
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 10
Social Perception of Const. Materials
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 11
Polymer Floor Finishes
Assignment based on topics covered in Week 12
1. Building Materials, P.C. Varghese, Prentice-Hall India, 2555.
1. Materials Science and Engineering: An introduction, W.D. Callister, John Wiley, 1994.
2. Materials Science and Engineering, V. Raghavan, Prentice Hall, 1990.
3. Properties of Engineering Materials, R.A. Higgins, Industrial Press, 1994.
4. Construction materials: Their nature and behaviour, Eds. J.M. Illston and P.L.J. Domone, 3rd ed., Spon Press, 2551.
5. The Science and Technology of Civil Engineering Materials, J.F. Young, S. Mindess, R.J. Gray & A. Bentur, Prentice Hall, 1998.
6. Engineering Materials 1: An introduction to their properties & applications, M.F. Ashby and D.R.H. Jones, Butterworth Heinemann, 2553.
7. The Science and Design of Engineering Materials, J.P. Schaffer, A. Saxena, S.D. Antolovich, T.H. Sanders and S.B. Warner, Irwin, 1995.
8. Concrete: Microstructure, properties and materials, P.K. Mehta and P.J.M. Monteiro, McGraw Hill, 2556.
9. Properties of concrete, A.M. Neville, Pearson, 2554.
To access the content, please enroll in the course.
Course Syllabus & Schedule
Dr. Ravindra Gettu is a Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. After completing his PhD degree from Northwestern University (USA) in 1990, he was the Director of the Structural Technology Laboratory of the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, until 2004. He has co-authored more than 400 scientific and technical publications in the areas of concrete technology, effective use of admixtures, self compacting concrete, and fibre reinforced concrete. He is currently the Vice President of RILEM, the International Association of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Structures and Systems, based in France and in the Indian Concrete Institute. He has consulted for many leading construction materials manufacturers and projects. He has taught this course for the past 10 years at IIT Madras, along with Concrete Technology.