Department of Civil Engineering

Concrete Technology - CE592

Credits : 2

Prerequisites : CE312

Compulsory/Optional : Optional

To impart knowledge in the properties of concrete and its ingredients in specifying, producing, using and caring of high-performance concrete for structures.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Identify different types of cement based on their composition and performance.
  2. Select most appropriate ingredients, based on their properties, for the production of concrete to suit the application.
  3. Specify concrete with different characteristics for diverse conditions and applications.
  4. Design concrete mixes to achieve specified performance requirements.
  5. Evaluate the properties of concrete, working life, and judge compliance.
  6. Propose suitable procedures for making, delivery, placing, finishing and caring of concrete, giving due consideration for the application.
Course content/Course description
  1. Concrete as a composite: Miscellaneous binders and matrices; historical progression; sustainability concepts; safety and health issues
  2. Types of cement: Composition; properties; hydration and associated effects; cement testing; selection criteria
  3. Chemical and mineral admixtures: Properties; selection criteria; application.
  4. Aggregate: Types; normal and lightweight; recycled and reclaimed; properties; compliance criteria; testing; handling
  5. Water: Supply-source based classification, compliance criteria
  6. Concept of high-performance concrete: Methods of specifying concrete; composition and property relationships
  7. Proportioning of concrete mixes
  8. Properties of fresh and hardened concrete: Testing methods of concrete
  9. Compliance criteria
  10. Production of concrete:Ready-mixed concrete; forming, placing, finishing and curing methods
  11. Durability of concrete: Alkali-aggregate reaction (AAR), sulphate attack, carbonation; leaching; abrasion and erosion; ingress of chlorides; corrosion of metals in concrete; fire resistance
  12. Assessment of working life:Application of quantitative methods, introduction to software
  13. Special types of concrete and their applications: Polymer concrete; polymer-modified concrete; reactive-powder concrete (RPC), roller-compacted concrete (RCC); self-compacted concrete (SCC), pervious concrete, fibre-reinforced concrete; geopolymer concrete
  14. Testing of concrete in structures: Non-destructive and semi-destructive testing
Recommended Texts
  1. Neville, AM 2012, Properties of concrete, 5th edn, Pearson, London.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 28
Tutorials -
Practical -
Assignments 04
Assessment Percentage Marks
Assignment/Quizzes 40
End-semester 60

Department of Civil Engineering