Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2018/2019
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING FOR THE MITIGATION OF RISKS
Disciplinary sector: 
MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (ING-IND/22)
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian

Course description

The course aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge to define the selection criteria for building materials suitable for the various applications of civil and environmental engineering.
Learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will have integrated his basic knowledge about the interactions between microstructure and properties of the different categories of materials mostly used in civil and environmental engineering. The student will be able to manage and understand: the physical-mechanical properties of the materials and the criteria for selecting and managing materials in relation to their technological properties, cost and sustainability, as well as the criteria for selecting the chemical-physical treatments suitable for change / improve the properties of materials.
Applied knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student will have developed the ability to associate the physical-mechanical characteristics of building materials, such as density, strength, toughness, elasticity, hardness and durability to the on-site behavior required for the individual components designed.
Autonomy of judgment
Upon passing the exam, the student will possess the necessary tools to critically evaluate the behavior of building materials, will in fact be able to measure the individual properties, compare the data acquired with the values required by the technical standards and select the optimization criteria of the final artifacts. Moreover, he will be able to observe and evaluate the state of conservation of the materials of civil constructions in situ by expressing a critical judgment on the professional ethics of the makers and maintainers of the various building components.
Communication skills
Upon passing the exam, the student must have gained sufficient language ownership with regard to the specific scientific terminology of the science and technology of construction materials. In particular, he must be able to prepare and present a brief report on a specific topic in a clear, simple and punctual manner using a language that is also suitable for a non-specialist public.
Ability to learn
The student will be able to deepen his knowledge of building materials, with particular reference to those that are innovative and eco-sustainable, by the most modern research tools. In particular, he will be able to elaborate and summarize the contents acquired through the consultation of specific websites recommended by the teacher.

Prerequisites

It is necessary to have acquired and assimilated the following knowledge provided by the "Chemistry" course: fundamental concepts of matter structure, with particular reference to chemical bonds and the spatial arrangement of atoms; concepts of kinetics of state changes, with particular reference to the liquid / solid transition; concepts of electrochemistry, with particular reference to the oxidation phenomena of metal alloys.

Syllabus

Structure of matter and behavior of materials (8 lesson hours): Amorphous and crystalline solids. Main crystal structures. Solidification and crystalline defects in solids. Solid state phase transitions. Elastic, plastic and viscoelastic deformation. Material resistance: relations between the structure of the material and the physical-mechanical properties of the materials.
Traditional and innovative binders (8 hours of lessons): production, composition and hydration of the main types of cements; production and hydration of air and hydraulic kicks; gypsum production and hydration. LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and eco-sustainability of production processes.
Traditional and innovative aerial and hydraulic mortars (8 lesson hours): composition, preparation, properties and uses.
Concrete (8 hours lesson): mix-design ingredients, mineral additions, aggregates (natural, artificial and recycled), additives; chemical-physical properties of fresh concrete; physical and mechanical properties of hardened concrete. LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and eco-sustainability of production processes.
Ceramic materials (8 hours of lessons): production and chemical-physical properties of bricks, compact paste ceramics, tiles and refractories.
Metal alloys (8 hours of lessons): composition and physical-mechanical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Corrosion, degradation and restoration.

Structure of matter and behavior of materials (8 lesson hours): Amorphous and crystalline solids. Main crystal structures. Solidification and crystalline defects in solids. Solid state phase transitions. Elastic, plastic and viscoelastic deformation. Material resistance: relations between the structure of the material and the physical-mechanical properties of the materials.
Traditional and innovative binders (8 hours of lessons): production, composition and hydration of the main types of cements; production and hydration of air and hydraulic kicks; gypsum production and hydration. LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and eco-sustainability of production processes.
Traditional and innovative aerial and hydraulic mortars (8 lesson hours): composition, preparation, properties and uses.
Concrete (8 hours lesson): mix-design ingredients, mineral additions, aggregates (natural, artificial and recycled), additives; chemical-physical properties of fresh concrete; physical and mechanical properties of hardened concrete. LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and eco-sustainability of production processes.
Ceramic materials (8 hours of lessons): production and chemical-physical properties of bricks, compact paste ceramics, tiles and refractories.
Metal alloys (8 hours of lessons): composition and physical-mechanical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Corrosion, degradation and restoration.

Teaching Methods

Textbooks

L. Bertolini-Materiali da Costruzione- Città Studi Edizioni-Milano
Materials Science and Engineering - William D. Callister, David G. Rethwisch - John Wiley & Sons Inc

Learning assessment

The exam takes place through an oral examination in which the ability to connect and compare different aspects treated during the course will be evaluated. In particular, the student will be required to demonstrate that he has acquired a critical sense for the selection and management of the materials to be applied in different areas of civil and environmental engineering.
In addition, the presentation of a brief report that illustrates and discusses the application of the experimental techniques learned during the hours of exercise for the characterization of the materials constituting a building selected by the student is foreseen.
The test can take place individually or in groups of 2-3 students and will last between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the case.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is fluent in English and is available to interact with students in English, also during the examination.