Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Technology of construction materials
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Maizza Giovanni ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ING-IND/21 48 12 0 0 6
Manfredi Diego Giovanni   RB ING-IND/22 48 12 0 0 1
SSD CFU Activities Area context
C - Affini o integrative
C - Affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
Materials play a major role in civil design and for this reason Technology of Construction Materials is focused on providing a consolidated engineering culture on building and civil engineering materials. The focus is on the potential of design of civil structure and infrastructures with both traditional and innovative materials. The lessons are aimed at understanding how the properties of a material can significantly influence the material selection phase based on the project constraints. In addition to theoretical insights, the course shows many applicative uses of materials in order to stimulate students ability and critical sensitivity on how material properties constitute a crucial information for the selection of an optimal materials and processing route for the realization of civil engineer structures. Technological processes for materials production and for the optimization of their properties will also be illustrated in details.
Expected learning outcomes
The overall aim of the course is to supply the student with a robust background in materials for construction, able to couple scientific and technological knowledge in a synergic way, providing general guidelines for translating scientific knowledge into technological tools for civil engineering design.

The student will learn:
- to select and calculate glasses for energy saving
- how to exploit this scientific background in controlling the material properties up to the tailoring of civil applications (area of know how);
- how to select materials to fulfill design and project requirements (area of comprehension)
- to know the international nomenclature, with particular focus on English terminology (area of know how);
- to know the international standards for the definition and the characterization of materials for constructions (area of know how);
- to develop a confident approach to appropriate materials selection for proper application in construction building and civil engineer structures, also basing on the specific characteristics (thermal, optical, electrical, mechanical) (area of skills and know how)
- to plan essential tests for materials to be used in civil engineer applciation (area of skills)
- how to technically evaluate material properties for civil engineer applications , both during quality control and purchase stage (area of skills and know-how)
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The student shall have a consolidated scientific background with special emphasis on Chemistry, Physics, Mathematical Analysis, Material Science and Technology.
Metals in Construction Industry (30h)

Recall on metallic bondings; cells and crystals. Mechanical tests. Hardening and strenghtening mechanisms.

Materials’ characteristics and thermal treatments. Fe-Fe3C phase diagram, characteristic structures
Thermal and thermochemical treatments of steels
Steel codification: Definition and classification of steels for construction according to the EN standards. Analysis of materials’ costs
Construction steels: properties and characteristics. General purposes construction steels, CORTEN steels, Special construction steels
Stainless steels: Stainless steels for anti-earthquake applications, with increased corrosion resistance, for fire resistance and for joining elements

Non ferrous metals:
Copper and its alloys, Copper, brass, bronze, copper-aluminum alloys. Working processes and thermal treatments. Copper and its alloys for buildings (structural, roofs and facades). Design issues related to the use of copper. Anti bacterial copper
Aluminium and its alloys: Aluminium in construction engineering

Materials and corrosion: forms of corrosion and prevention mechanisms

Joining processes

Non Metallic materials in Construction Industry (30h)

Glass production, wrap-up of energy saving glasses, relevant standards and exercise for glass plate definition.
Chromogenic and photocromic glasses.
Thermal insulation: wrap-up of thermal properties.
Foam glass and thermal insulation. Innovative materials for thermal insulation. Phase modification materials and heat accumulation properties.
Semiconducting materials and photovoltaic system (materials, structure and uses).
Plastics fundamental, structure, synthesis and manufacturing technologies. Special emphasis will be devoted to foams, adhesives, painting and sealants)
Composite materials (fundamental, classification, reinforcing mechanisms, manufacturing, fibers reinforced composites with special emphasis devoted to FRP.
Bitumen and derivatives (properties and applications).
Wood: structure, mechanical strength, deformation and degradation.
Il legno: struttura, resistenza meccanica, deformazioni, degrado. Timber-frame and lamerral wood.
Delivery modes
Theory classrooms. Exercises on characteristic properties of materials
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Notes provided by the professors and available on the web site

Reference books:
L. Bertolini: Materiali da Costruzione Vol. I Struttura, Proprietà e Tecnologie di Produzione
L. Bertolini: Materiali da Costruzione Vol. II Degrado, Prevenzione, Diagnosi, Restauro
W.D. Callister, Materials Science and Engineering – an introduction
Assessment and grading criteria
Individual written test and (eventual) discussion of the script.
The test foresees the evaluation of the know-how and skills developed during class and will concern all delivered topics .

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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