Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
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First Semester
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Course description

Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student will have integrated his knowledge about interactions between microstructure and properties and a complete overview of the physical and mechanical properties of different kinds of building materials; will know the theoretical reasons to select chemical and physical treatments able to modify materials properties; will know how to choose the building materials in relation to their properties, cost and sustainability.

Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student will have developed the ability to understand physical and mechanical properties of materials, such as density, strength, toughness, elasticity, hardness, and durability to the microstructure of different kinds of materials. He will know how to measure the values of each property, to compare the data with standards and to select criteria for final building components optimization.

Making judgements
By the end of the course, the student should be able to evaluate, with critical mind, the chemical, physical and mechanical behavior of materials.

Communication skills
By the end of the course, the student must be able to clearly present the experimental results of materials behavior.

Learning skills
Ability to search tools and opportunity of knowledge approach.
Capability to study, to schematize and to resume the learned contents


Basic knowledge of materials chemistry


Introduction (1,5 CFU, 12 hours)
Atoms, bonding, energy and equilibrium
Mechanical properties of solids
The structure of solids; Fracture and toughness
Electrical and thermal properties
Metals and alloys (1,5 CFU, 12 hours)
Deformation and strengthening of metals
Forming of metals
Oxidation and corrosion
Iron and steel
Concrete (2 CFU, 16 hours)
Portland cements
Other types of cement
Aggregates for concrete
Properties of fresh concrete
Early age properties of concrete
Deformation of concrete
Strength and failure of concrete
Concrete mix design
Non-destructive testing of hardened concrete
Durability of concrete
Masonry: Brickwork, blockwork and stonework (1,5 CFU, 12 hours)
Materials and components for masonry
Masonry construction and forms
Structural behaviour and movement of masonry
Non-structural physical properties of masonry
Deterioration and conservation of masonry
Polymers (1 CFU, 8 hours)
Polymers: types, properties and applications
Glass (1 CFU)
Manufacture and processing
Properties and performance
Design and applications
Selection and sustainable use of construction materials (0,5 CFU, 4 hours)
Mechanical properties of materials
Sustainability and construction materials

Teaching Methods


Peter Domone and John Illston
Construction Materials. Their nature and behaviour
Fourth edition-Spon Press-Taylor & Francis Group

Learning assessment

Oral examination and discussion of a power point presentation on building materials schemes

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