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AR30412: Materials science 2

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 10%, EX-OB 90%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • AR20238 Coursework 1* (CW 10%)
  • AR20238 Open book examination of more than 72 hours* (EX-OB 90%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of the microstructure and properties of materials with particular reference to materials used in construction.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, the student should be able to:
* select materials for civil engineering applications by comparing their properties, cost and environmental impact;
* evaluate the directional properties of anisotropic materials;
* understand the micromechanics and mechanic properties of composites materials and their applications in construction;
* understand the structure and properties of asphalt, bituminous materials and concrete;
* apply the principles of corrosion and degradation to metals, polymers concrete and timber.

Facilitated - intellectual, practical, key.

Selection of materials for construction: spectrum of mechanical and physical properties, resource implications, cost and environmental impact. Mechanical properties of materials: elastic, plastic, rubber-elastic and time-dependent properties. The theory of elasticity: isotropic materials, anisotropic materials in three dimensions. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys. Polymers. Adhesion, bonding, joining methods. Low embodied energy and waste materials, natural fibre composites. Water transport in porous media. Compatibility of materials. Coatings and surface treatments. Methods of analysis and characterisation. Introduction to asphalt and bituminous materials. Structure and rheology. Problems of working with high creep materials. Long term chemical behaviour: Durability, ageing and changes in materials properties in service conditions. Chemical degradation of concrete and use of blended cements. Durability of metals and plastics to corrosion and environmental attack. Relationship to reinforced concrete and resistance to chloride ingress and carbonation. Flammability and fire damage to building materials. Biodeterioration of timber and protection methods.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR30412 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)