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2013-2014

[13CIVL12C] Introduction to Construction Engineering Materials


Module Code: 13CIVL12C Title: Introduction to Construction Engineering Materials Modular weight: 10 Examination weighting: 60 % Prerequisite modules: Reassessment: No restrictions. Internal Examiner/Module Leader: Dr. Amr Helmy Semester taught: One Key words: construction materials. Date of latest revision: July 2013 Aims The purpose of this module is to provide first year students with basic knowledge of material science and engineering necessary for civil engineers. This module emphasizes material mechanical properties of relevance to engineering applications. Intended Learning Outcomes Knowledge and understanding On completion of this module students should be able to: 1. define engineering materials (metals), behaviour, and applications ; 2. classify testing machines and strain gauges; 3. explain different mechanical properties and how to determine each one of them;

Subject-specific cognitive skills On completion of this module students should be able to/demonstrate ability in: 4. interpret data from tensile, compressive, beam bending, direct shear, torsion, hardness, impact, fatigue and creep tests and determine the mechanical properties; 5. interpret different failure modes for metals subjected to different types of stresses; Subject-specific practical skills On completion of this module students should be able to/demonstrate ability in: 6. draw the applied load deformation curve and study the behaviour of metals subjected to different types of stresses based on data obtained from different tests; Key/transferable skills On completion of this module students should be able to/demonstrate ability in: 7. work in a group to complete technical tasks; 8. prepare sketches and lab reports. Content Mechanical Properties of Metals; Universal Testing machines; calibration of testing machines, calibration curve; Strain gauges; Behaviour of metals subjected to static tensile stresses;

Behaviour of metals subjected to static compressive stresses; Simple bending theory; Pure shear, direct shear and flexure shear; Torsion; Hardness of metals; Impact, standard impact tests, impact tension and impact bending. Fatigue of metals; Failure mechanisms of metals in service under different types of stresses,

Methods of Learning, Teaching and Assessment Total student effort for the module: 100 hours on average. The BUE attendance policy applies, refer to current GAR and Student Handbook for further details . Teaching & Learning: 1. 24, 1h lectures. This method informs learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 2. 4, 1h tutorial sessions (solved examples), 4, 1h tutorial sessions (in-class assessments), and 4, 1h lab sessions (static tension test, compressive test, beam bending test, direct shear test, torsion test and hardness test, ). This method informs learning outcomes 6, 7, 8. Assessment: 1. Course work carries 40% as follows: a. In-class assessment and laboratory work comprising two in-class assignments (3-5 problems each). This method carries 20% (10 % for each in-class assignment) b. One individual laboratory report (3 Experiments to be conducted in the lab 5% each and 5% for contribution and presentation). This method carries 20% (5 % for each lab report and 5% for the laboratory report presentation) of the total mark and assesses learning outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. 2. A 120 minute final unseen written examination. This method carries 60% of the total mark and assesses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4. Feedback given to students in response to assessed work Individual written feedback on coursework; Feedback discussed as part of a tutorial; Generic feedback about unseen exams on elearning web page; Developmental feedback generated through teaching activities Dialogue between students and staff in tutorials Indicative Reading List William F. Smith, "Principles of Materials Science and Engineering", McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 0070591695 (1990) William D. Callister, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, Wiley, ISBN: 0471736961, (2007) W. Bolton, "Engineering Materials Technology", Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN: 0750639172 (1998)