Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on CIVIL ENGINEERING
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First Semester
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Lectures in Italian.

Course description

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge of the technological properties and usage of materials employed in structural engineering with particular reference to the acquisition of technical expertise in relation to the correct choice of materials and techniques used in engineering applications, as well as in the supervision of works and testing.

Understanding the terminology used in conventional materials and manufacturing and processing technologies.

The student is provided with basic knowledge about:
- structure and technological features of materials for civil engineering;
- use of traditional and innovative materials for civil engineering.
The general method provided allows to understand the relationships between these themes and to organize them into a coordinated system of knowledge

Ability to critically evaluate design choices in relation to the materials used and to be able to propose the appropriate solutions in terms of properties and durability.

Be able to dialogue using the correct technical terminology; be able to collaborate with other professionals for the development of multidisciplinary work; to motivate the design choices made in relation to the use of building materials.

Communicate with competence information, ideas, problems and solutions; know how to apply the acquired knowledge to different contexts from those presented during the course, and to deepen the topics discussed above with reference to evolution and innovation in the field of building materials.


The student must have acquired and assimilated the basic engineering knowledge from the Bachelor Degree.


Binders (10 hours)
Traditional and innovative binders: regulatory frameworks, composition, hydration and production of the main types of cements; production and hydration of air and hydraulic kicks; production and hydration of gypsum.
Traditional and innovative hydraulic and air hoppers: composition, preparation, properties and uses.
Portland Cement: cements, clinker compounds, Portland cement hydration, hydration heat, chemical resistance to cement paste, porosity of frost and capillary porosity.
Types of Portland Cement and Derivatives: Portland ASTM Cements, White Portland Cement, Ferrous Portland Ferrous or Ferrari Cement, Limestone Portland Cement, Pozzolanic Cement, Blast Cement.
Non-Portland Cement: Aluminum Cement, Soprasulfate Cement.

Additives (10 hours)
Additives: silica fumes, fly ash, fluidifying additives, accelerating additives, retardant and aerated additives, reducing gear additives, corrosion inhibitors, expansive, stagnant, antievaporant and disarming agents.

Innovative and special concrete (42 hours)
Concrete aggregates: definition, nature and concrete and aggregates properties.
Concrete execution technology: preparation, dosing, blending of the mix and laying.
Properties of fresh concrete: workability, nature and workability factors, measure of workability, choice of workability, concrete grip, segregation, self-compacting concrete or SCC, concrete design properties, concrete strength nature, load-deformation curve and module elastic of concrete.
Dimensional variations and fatigue phenomena in concrete and steel.
Cracking phenomena due to thermal effects.
Corrosion in reinforced concrete. Corrosion prevention.

Laboratory Activity (4 hours)
Design and construction of special concrete
Concrete Acceptance Testing
Destructive and non destructive tests on concrete

Project work (6 hours)
Tecnical Report. (Exercise for the preparation of an elaborate to be handed over to the Genio Civile).

Binders (10 hours); Additives (10 hours); Innovative and special concrete (42 hours); Laboratory Activity (4 hours); Project work (6 hours).

Teaching Methods

The course is organized with in-class teaching activities, laboratory activities and project works.


“Il Calcestruzzo, Materiali e tecnologia” Vito Alunno Rossetti, Mc Graw-Hill

Linee Guida Consiglio Superiore Lavori Pubblici “Linee guida sul calcestruzzo strutturale” 1996

Learning assessment

The final exam consists of a written and oral test and is intended to ensure the acquisition of the knowledge and skills acquired during the course.
It can be taken in English by non-native speakers of Italian.
The written exam consists of open or closed questions regarding topics taught during lectures or during the exercises and present in the assignments provided to the students.
During the oral exam, which will last from 20 to 40 minutes, will be evaluated the level of theoretical knowledge acquired during the course and the ability to apply it in different civil engineering contexts. Finally, the level of communicative abilities and the clarity of the exhibition will be taken into account.
For the purposes of the evaluation, account is also taken of group practice exercises during the semester, with particular emphasis on the critical capacity with which the students addressed the proposed subject.

More information

Lecture notes provided by the professor.
Office hours: Wednesday 12:00-16:00 p.m.
Every day by appointment (e-mail or WhatsApp 3402427322).