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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Characterization of Construction Materials

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

Overview

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the characterization of construction materials and their behaviour, with a view of developing their understanding of the mechanisms that govern the performance of these materials. The course will be focused primarily on cement and concrete, and include the following techniques; the physics of the techniques and their application to cement science, including lab demonstrations and experiments will be covered. 1. Calorimetry 2. X-ray diffraction 3. Thermal analysis 4. Surface area measurement 5. Microscopy (Optical and SEM) 6. Image analysis 7. Spectroscopy techniques: Atomic Absorption / Emission, Infra-Red, UV-Vis and NMR 8. Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry 9. Impedance analysis INTENDED AUDIENCE : Interested Learners PREREQUISITES : Basic Civil Engineering degree INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Cement companies, Concrete Producers, Construction chemical manufacturers, Construction companies

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT Week 1: Introduction to course; Structure of Construction Materials – An Overview Week 2: Calorimetry Week 3: X-ray diffraction Week 4: X-ray diffraction Week 5: Thermal analysis Week 6: Surface area measurement Week 7: Optical microscopy Week 8: Scanning electron microscopy Week 9: Image analysis Week 10: Spectroscopic techniques Week 11: Mercury intrusion porosimetry Week 12: Impedance analysis and ultrasonic methods

Taught by

Prof. Manu Santhanam, Prof. Piyush Chaunsali

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