This course explores the materials science of concrete, and attempts to bring about the understanding of concrete behavior from a fundamental perspective. The first part of the course discusses the structure and properties of concrete making materials. This is followed by mixture proportioning of high performance concrete, and a study of selected topics regarding fresh and hardened concrete behavior. The final part of the course deals with long term performance issues, related to creep, shrinkage and durability of concrete.
Post-graduate students, and final year undergraduate students
Basic course on Construction Materials in UG level. Additional course on Concrete Technology (UG level) is optional.
Civil contracting firms, Ready mixed concrete companies, Cement companies, Construction chemicals companies, Materials research laboratories etc.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Manu Santhanam is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. His research interests are in multi-scale characterization of concrete, supplementary cementing materials, durability and non-destructive evaluation.
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WEEK 1 : Cement production and composition WEEK 2 : Cement chemistry WEEK 3 : Aggregates for concrete WEEK 4 : Chemical admixtures WEEK 5 : Chemical and Mineral admixtures WEEK 6 : Mineral admixtures WEEK 7 : High performance concrete mixture proportioning WEEK 8 : Topics in fresh concrete WEEK 9 : Topics in hardened concrete WEEK 10 : Creep and shrinkage WEEK 11 : Durability of concrete WEEK 12 : Durability of concrete
BOOKS AND REFERENCES:
Mehta, P. K., and Monteiro, P. J. M., ‘Concrete: Microstructure, Properties, and Materials,’ Fourth Edition (Indian Edition), McGraw Hill, 2014.
Neville, A. M., ‘Properties of Concrete,’ Pitman Publishing, Inc., MA, 1981.
Hewlett, P. C., Ed., ‘Lea’s Chemistry of Cement and Concrete,’ Fourth Edition, Arnold Publishers, NY, 1998.
Bentur, A., Diamond, S., and Berke, N.S., ‘Steel Corrosion in Concrete,’ E&FN Spon, UK, 1997.
Taylor, H. W. F., ‘Cement Chemistry,’ Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, CA, 1990.
Lea, F. M., ‘The Chemistry of Cement and Concrete,’ Chemical Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 1971.
Mindess, S., and Young, J. F., ‘Concrete,’ Prentice Hall, Inc., NJ, 1981.
J. Newman and B. S. Choo, Eds., ‘Advanced Concrete Technology’, Four Volume Set, Elsevier, 2003
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