2016 Concrete Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Iwanami Mitsuyasu 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Tue1-2(M114)  Fri1-2(M114)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the material characteristics of concrete as one of important construction materials, and also provides fundamental knowledge essential to design and construction of infrastructure. This course covers the fundamental knowledge on constituent materials of concrete and their characteristics, properties of fresh concrete, properties of hardened concrete including durability, the concept of mixture design of concrete and the standard method, and production and execution of concrete on site.
While there are many kinds of construction materials, concrete is used the most in construction project of infrastructure. Concrete is a kind of composite materials, consisting of water, cement, fine aggregate (sand), coarse aggregate (gravel), and etc. It is quite important to understand the characteristics of these constituent materials. We have to know the properties of hardened concrete as well as fresh concrete, which is not hardened yet. Civil engineers should have the ability of designing the mixture proportion of concrete to satisfy the requirement.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the characteristics of constituent materials of concrete as one of major construction materials.
2) Understand the properties of fresh and hardened concrete.
3) Conduct basic design of mixture proportion of concrete.
4) Apply practical knowledge on production and durability of concrete to design and construction of infrastructure.


Concrete, construction material, mixture proportion design, cement, aggregate, additive, fresh concrete, hardened concrete, strength, production, execution, ready-mixed concrete, durability

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The content of the assigned textbook is explained according to the course schedule. As necessary, exercises are imposed to grasp students' understanding during the class. Students are required to prepare and review every class by at least reading the textbook.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of construction materials Textbook, Chapter 1
Class 2 Definition of concrete Textbook, Chapter 2
Class 3 Cement Textbook, Chapter 3, (1)
Class 4 Aggregate (physical properties, water absorption, particle size distribution) Textbook, Chapter 3, (3)
Class 5 Aggregate (type, purpose of use) Textbook, Chapter 3, (3)
Class 6 Additives Textbook, Chapter 3, (4)
Class 7 Fresh concrete (workability, consistency) Textbook, Chapter 4
Class 8 Fresh concrete (slump, air content) Textbook, Chapter 4
Class 9 Hardened concrete (strength, deformability, stress-strain relationship) Textbook, Chapter 5, (2)
Class 10 hardened concrete (creep, drying shrinkage) Textbook, Chapter 5, (3)
Class 11 Mixture proportion design (basic principles and procedure, mixture condition) Textbook, Chapter 6
Class 12 Mixture proportion design (exercises) Textbook, Chapter 6
Class 13 Production and execution Textbook, Chapter 7 and 8
Class 14 Durability (chloride attack, carbonation) Textbook, Chapter 9, (2) and (3)
Class 15 Durability (frost damage, chemical attack, alkali silica reaction) Textbook, Chapter 9, (4) and (5)


"Concrete Material," by Nobuaki Otsuki and Shin-ichi Miyazato, ISBN4-254-26501-8 (in Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercises during the classes: 20%, Midterm examination: 40%, Final examination: 40%

Related courses

  • CVE.A201 : Mechanics of Materials and Members
  • CVE.E301 : Structural Concrete

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

None required.

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