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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Modern Construction Materials

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


The aim of the course is to provide the scientific basis for the understanding and development of construction materials. It serves as a foundation course for post-graduate students interested in careers involving research, teaching and/or construction engineering, as well as marketing, decision making, innovation and specification related to construction materials. It can also be a capstone course for undergraduates finishing their studies in civil engineering and architecture.INTENDED AUDIENCE : Core for post-graduates, Post-graduate and upper level undergraduate, BE/BTech/ME/MTech/BArch/MArch/MS/MPhil/Ph.DPREREQUISITES : Knowledge of civil engineering or architectureINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Companies in the construction sector.


Week 1 : Prologue – Intro. to the course, Science,Engineering and Technology of Materials- 1&2, Atomic Bonding-1Week 2 : Atomic Bonding-2, Structure of Solids-1, Structure of Solids-2&3Week 3 : Movement of Atoms, Development of Microstructure-1,Development of Microstructure-2Week 4 : Surface Properties, Response to Stress-1, Response to Stress-2&3Week 5 : Failure Theories, Fracture Mechanics-1, Fracture Mechanics-2Week 6 : Rheology & Thermal properties, Review of Const. Materials & Criteria for Selection, Wood and Wood Products-1Week 7 : Wood and Wood Products-2, Wood and Wood Products-3, PolymersWeek 8 : Fibre Reinforced Polymers-1&2, Metals-1, Metals-2Week 9 : Metals-3, Bituminous Materials-1, Bituminous Materials-2Week 10: Concrete-1, Concrete-2, Concrete-3Week 11: Concrete-4, Concrete-5, Glass - Guest Lecture, Glass - Guest LectureWeek 12: Waterproofing Materials, Polymer Floor Finishes, Anchors

Taught by

Ravindra Gettu



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