Building Materials and Composites


Prof. Sumana Gupta

IIT Kharagpur

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Students as a beginner in the trade of Architecture through this course will get exposed to the different materials used in building construction. Conventional materials would be discussed with an outline of its manufacturing or procuring process, properties, applications and simultaneously the alternative materials replacing them would be also covered. A number of engineered materials have come up in use in the building industry as a substitute of the original material like engineered wood replacing wood or AAC and flyash bricks replacing clay bricks. A coverage on such alternate materials would be included. Large span and highrise structures use composite flooring system or steel for structural system, use of precast walling and flooring systems for fast delivery are other contents to expose students to other material applications in building industry.Finishes as in floors and walls like tiles, stone and clay tile cladding, paints and their appropriateness on different surfaces would be discussed. Nanotechnologies used in this trade would also be mentioned for specific materials stating their use. Specific ways of assembling different materials would also be highlighted to give consolidated knowledge to the students.




Prof. Sumana Gupta is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning at IIT Kharagpur since 2013. She completed her Masters degree and Doctoral Degree from the same Institute in 2008 and 2012 with a special interest in transportation planning and service quality evaluation of transport related facilities. Prior to this she worked for fourteen years as a professional architect and as a Lecturer in a Government Polytechnic College in India. She completed her Bachelor degree in Architecture in 1992 from Calcutta University. During her professional exposure as an architect she was involved in Science city auditorium design and presently offers the Buliding Acoustics course to the fourth year architecture students for the last four years.


Certification Process

1. Join the course
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COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 2000 + GST

2. Watch Videos+Submit Assignments
After enrolling, learners can watch lectures and learn and follow it up with attempting/answering the assignments given.

3. Get qualified to register for exams
A learner can earn a certificate in the self paced course only by appearing for the online remote proctored exam and to register for this, the learner should get minimum required marks in the assignments as given below:

Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 6/8 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
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4. Register for exams
The certification exam is conducted online with remote proctoring. Once a learner has become eligible to register for the certification exam, they can choose a slot convenient to them from what is available and pay the exam fee. Schedule of available slot dates/timings for these remote-proctored online examinations will be published and made available to the learners.

EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
After the exam, based on the certification criteria of the course, results will be declared and learners will be notified of the same. A link to download the e-certificate will be shared with learners who pass the certification exam.


Course Details

Week 1:  Clay products and alternatives like Fly-ash, CEB, CSEB
Week 2:  Stone, stone tiles and stone dust blocksWood and engineered wood
Week 3:  Glass and glazing systems, ceramic tiles, vitrified tiles, insulation
Week 4:  Fine aggregate, Coarse aggregate, Cement, Concrete
Week 5:  Precast items – flooring, roofing, walling system, HBC, AAB
Week 6:  Ferrous and non-ferrous metals
Week 7:  Bitumen as damp proofing materials, Paints
Week 8:  Plastics, Composites, nanotechnology applications

Books and References

Building Materials, S.K. Duggal


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