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Course Detail

Course Name Construction Materials
Course Code 15CVL201
Program B. Tech. in Civil Engineering
Semester Three
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Commonly used building materials – relationship between material structure and properties. Masonry materials – stones, bricks, blocks; Refractory products; Timber and wood based products – Classification, properties, testing and selection criteria.

Unit 2

Binding materials (Lime, gypsum, cement) and Mortars – types, properties, tests. Concrete – Aggregates – Mechanical and Physical properties and tests – Grading requirements – Water quality – Admixtures. Properties of concrete in fresh and hardened state – workability – segregation and bleeding – tests on workability and strength. Stress – strain characteristics and elastic properties – shrinkage and creep. Mix proportioning (B.I.S method) – nominal mixes.

Unit 3

Metals – Structural steel – properties and uses – sections – Reinforcing steel – use of Aluminium. Bituminous materials – types and properties of asphalt, bituminous concrete. Modern construction materials – Paints, Glass, Ceramics, Polymers and plastics, Adhesives, Composites and smart materials. Recycling of industrial waste as building materials.

Text Books

  1. Duggal, S. K., “Building Materials”, New Age International Publishers, 2012.
  2. Santhakumar. A. R., “Concrete Technology”, Oxford University press, 2006.


  • Young. J. F. and Mindess, S., “The Science and Technology of Civil Engineering Materials”, Prentice Hall, 1997.
  • Mehta, P. K. and Monteiro, P. J. M., “Concrete-Microstructure, Properties and Materials”, Tata McGraw Hill, 2006.
  • Rangwala S. C, “Engineering Materials”, Charotar Publishing House, 2011.
  • Shetty, M. S, “Concrete Technology-Theory and Practice”, S. Chand & Co., New Delhi, 2009.
  • Gambhir, M. L. and Neha Jamwal, “Building Materials”, Tata McGraw Hill, 2011.

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