2020 Laboratory Works in Concrete Materials and Structures

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Civil Engineering
Niwa Junichiro  Iwanami Mitsuyasu  Chijiwa Nobuhiro  Nakayama Kazuhide 
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Course description and aims

This course is a laboratory class focusing on the material property of the concrete and mechanical behavior of reinforced concrete.
It is requested for concrete to meet with several requirements; fresh property to make casting work easy and sure and physical and chemical property of hardened concrete to make concrete structure rigid and durable. In this course, students understand the fresh property through learning design method of mix proportion and to meet with requested performance, and mix the designed concrete by themselves. And they also understand the physical and chemical property of hardened concrete through some physical and chemical tests on the hardened concrete.
In the classes on the reinforced concrete, students learn how a reinforced concrete structure is made and how they fail through the experimental work. And in the creative design competition, students get an experience of setting group goal and strategy to tackle a task, building consensus about them in the group, and overcoming technical challenging to achieve the group goal with integrating their knowledge and experiences.
This course aims to cultivate the basis of civil engineers through the experimental works. Students are expected to understand deeply the property of concrete, the mechanical behavior of reinforced concrete structures, and get an experience of the group management in engineering.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the designing method of concrete mix proportion and decide the mix proportion to meet the requested performance.
2) Learn the test of fresh concrete, and explain the property of fresh concrete.
3) Learn the test of hardened concrete, and explain the physical and chemical property of hardened concrete.
4) Explain the fracture process of reinforced concrete members and the difference in failure pattern.
5) Explain the making process of reinforced concrete members.
6) Propose a group goal and strategy to tackle the task and build consensus for them.
7) Implement the strategy to achieve the goal by integrating the knowledge about the property of cementitious material and structural design.


Construction material, Concrete, Structural mechanics of reinforced concrete

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Classes will be held in separated groups. Students should gather at the room where is instructed, and the understanding of the experiment contents and related matters are checked in advance of the experiment. In every class, students are requested to submit reports.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Class 1: Mix proportion design, Test on fresh concrete Class 2: Test on hardened concrete Class 3: Making of reinforced concrete member Class 4: Tests on structural performance of reinforced concrete member Class 5: Creative design competition with cementitious material ①Design and making specimen Class 6: Creative design competition with cementitious material ②Performance test Class 1: Mix proportion design, principle of each test on fresh concrete, process, and understanding of the results. Class 2: Principle of each test on hardened concrete, process, and understanding of the results. Class 3: Understanding the making process of reinforced concrete member and its technical backgrounds. Class 4: Understanding the fracture process of the reinforced concrete member and the difference in failure pattern. Class 5: Proposing a goal and strategy to win the competition, and building consensus for them. Integrated designing of material property and structural shape for implementing of the strategy is requested. Class 6: Presentation skill to explain your strategy and technical challenges.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend a certain length of time outside of class on preparation and review (including for assignments), as specified by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Undergraduate Learning (東京工業大学学修規程) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Graduate Learning (東京工業大学大学院学修規程), for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Course materials will be handed out in the first class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Murata, Jiro and Kuniaki, Yasuda. (eds.), New Experiment Guidline of Civil Engineering - Concrete (Fourth edition), Gihodo Shupan, ISBN:: 4-7655-1708-X (Japanese)
Niwa, Junichiro, Basic of concrete structure, Suurikougakusha, ISBN: 978-4901683333 (Japanese)
Otsuki, Nobuaki and Miyasato, Shinichi, Concrete Material, Asakura Shotten, ISBN: 978-4-254-26501-9 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Report(100%). Students are requested to attend all classes.

Related courses

  • CVE.E201 : Concrete Engineering
  • CVE.E301 : Structural Concrete

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed Concrete Engineering (CVE.E201) and Reinforced Concrete Structure (CVE.E301), or have equivalent knowledge.


Students are divided into some groups at the guidance, and students will take classes with the group members. The order of the classes for each group is informed at the guidance.

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