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Course unit
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola da 5 a 9)
IN01122477, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0505, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO COLOMBO ING-IND/22

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/07 Foundations of Chemistry for Technologies 5.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/22 Science and Technology of Materials 4.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
20 2017canale 2 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 COLOMBO PAOLO (Presidente)
BERNARDO ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
19 2017 canale 1 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 BERTANI ROBERTA (Presidente)
SGARBOSSA PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
MOZZON MIRTO (Supplente)
18 2016 canale 2 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 COLOMBO PAOLO (Presidente)
BERNARDO ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
17 2016 canale 1 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 BERTANI ROBERTA (Presidente)
MOZZON MIRTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The acquisition of the main concepts concerning chemistry and the relationship between the microstructure and the properties of materials, with particular reference to materials used in civil engineering.
Examination methods: Traditional: written exam on all the program or divided into two partial tests.
Assessment criteria: Written exam (multiple choice questions and one essay on a topic selected by the professor dealing with cement, concrete or steel).
The assessment will be based on the student's understanding of the topics, on the acquisition of concepts and methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them autonomously.
Course unit contents: Science and Chemistry of Materials: Atomic structure and chemical bonds. Periodic table of the elements. Recycling of materials. Influence of chemical bonding on the properties of materials. Amorphous and crystalline state. Crystallization and crystal defects. Influence of crystal defects on properties. Mechanical properties: elastic and plastic deformation, fracture. Testing methods and norms. Phase diagrams. Solid solutions. Chemical reactions and kinetic and thermodynamic parameters influencing them.
Metals: Fe-C alloys. Fe-C phase diagram. Cast iron. Microstructure and properties of steel. Different types of steel. Thermal treatments. Corrosion and protection of metallic structures. Electrochemical corrosion mechanism. Types of corrosion and corrosion prevention. Stainless steels. European norms.
Plastics: Polymerization chemical reactions. Microstructure of plastic materials. Thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. Properties and degradation of plastic materials. Applications of polymers in building engineering. European norms.
Ceramics: Traditional ceramics (tiles and bricks). Microstructure, chemical composition, characteristics, properties and applications. The European legislation for tiles and bricks. Glasses: microstructure and properties. The use of glass in buildings. European norms.
Cement and Concrete: lime, gypsum, mortars. Chemical reactions for setting and hardening. Portland cement. Hydration reactions, setting and hardening. Hydration heat. Microstructure, porosity and mechanical strength of hardened cement paste. Chemical degradation of hardened cement paste. Special cements. European norms. Concrete: general concepts, rheological properties, mix-design. Aggregates: properties and the European legislation. Properties of fresh and hardened concrete. Chemical additives for concrete. Durability of concrete structures. Mix design. European norms.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lecture-style instruction. Teaching using Powerpoint slides, videos and analysis of samples brought to class by the professor.
Individual study on copy of slides given by the professor, and classroom discussion.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • W.D Callister e D.G. Rethwisch, materiali per l'ingegneria civile e industriale. Napoli: Edises, 2015. quinta edizione Cerca nel catalogo