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AR50468: Innovative structural materials: past, present and future

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Credits: 10 [equivalent to 20 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 200
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 50)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Synopsis: Advance your knowledge of innovative structural materials used in the construction industry. Develop your awareness and enthusiasm for materials and techniques that are at the forefront of modern construction or may be adopted for future construction.

Learning Outcomes: Prioritise solutions using sustainable materials in a modern building context.

Specify the use of advanced materials and technologies to improve the built environment.

Apply solutions to particular problems of material incompatibility and degradation.

Evaluate the use of novel materials such as nanomaterials and multifunctional materials in modern construction.

Content: This unit will cover a range of subjects derived from, but not limited to, the complementary topics described below:
  • Materials and the environment;
  • Compatibility of materials;
  • Nanomaterials;
  • New and emerging materials.

Programme availability:

AR50468 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM31 : MSc Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials


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