Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Science and technology of materials
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Montanaro Laura ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ING-IND/22 60 0 0 0 17
Pagliolico Simonetta Lucia ORARIO RICEVIMENTO RC ING-IND/22 60 0 0 0 17
Palmero Paola ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ING-IND/22 60 0 0 0 9
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/22 6 C - Affini o integrative A13
Subject fundamentals
The teaching aims at supplying the technical-scientific fundamentals necessary for the The teaching aims at supplying the technical-scientific fundamentals necessary for the correct choice and responsible use of building materials in architecture. Buildings, and consequently their constituent materials, are continuously requested to present new and more complex functionalities: both increased structural performances and better functional properties, in terms of physical and thermal behaviour, economic and environmental sustainability, etc. The Architect, therefore, should possess the proper tools to discuss with different cultures and professional roles in the construction field, should be able to properly select materials and correctly use them both in new structures and in restoration and conservation projects.
Expected learning outcomes
The teaching aims at providing to the students the proper knowledge about the main materials used in architecture, as well as the proper tools to understand the material structure and correlate it with their main chemical, physical and mechanical properties.
The whole panorama of the mainly used materials in architecture will be given within the lectures, by establishing meaningful properties-applications relationships. Particular attention will be paid to materials degradation phenomena due to environment. Basic knowledge about economic and environmental impact will be supplied. The analysis of the main materials used today in Architecture will provide a further cultural and methodological tool to be properly used for future, new materials, allowing their responsible use and optimal exploitation.

Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Rudiments of mathematics, chemistry and physics can be useful for an effective understanding of the teaching. In any case, in the frame of the first part of the program, basic concepts are provided to the students for a deeper fruition of the contents.
The program of the teaching (6 CFU) is here detailed:
Part 1: Introduction to Material Science and Technology (about 2 CFU). Here, the structure, composition and classification criteria of building materials are illustrated and discussed. Then, the main materials properties will be analysed by the mechanical, functional (physical, thermal, optical and acoustic properties) and chemical (interaction with the environment and possible degradation phenomena) points of view.
Part 2: Materials for architecture (about 4 CFU). Binding materials (aerial and hydraulic binders, such as gypsum, lime, hydrated lime, Portland and blended cements) will be analysed. Particular attention will be paid to concrete. Stones, traditional ceramics, glasses, metallic materials (mainly steel, but also cast iron and the most important metal alloys – such as aluminium, copper and titanium alloys will be discussed), wood, polymeric and composite materials. For each class of materials, the processing (production and shaping), the properties, the durability, the environmental impact, the possible technological solutions to maximize the materials performance and durability will be explained.
Delivery modes
Only frontal lectures are forecasted during the course. Additionally, films and videos will be shown to deepen some aspects of the program; seminars by experts from the industry will be possibly organized.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
M. Gastaldi, L. Bertolini "Introduzione ai materiali per l’architettura", Città Studi Edizioni (2011);
Other recommended readings:
Negro, J.M. Tulliani, L. Montanaro, "Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali", Celid;
M. Collepardi, Il Nuovo calcestruzzo, Ed. Tintoretto (2002);
J. F. Shackelford. Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali, Pearson Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editore (2009);
B. Berge. The ecology of building materials. Elsevier Architectural Press, Oxford (2009);
S. Pagliolico, R. Morra, Brevi cenni sulle proprietà chimiche e sull’elasticità dei materiali, Ed. Celid (2008);
S. Pagliolico, R. Morra, Il legno, Ed. Celid (2008);
M. Collepardi, Il Nuovo calcestruzzo, Ed. Tintoretto (2002);
A. Negro, J.M. Tulliani, L. Montanaro, "Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali", Celid (2001).
Assessment and grading criteria
The learning and grading will be assessed through a written examination, which lasts 1.5 hours, consisting of ten questions related to the cultural, scientific and technological aspects which are more relevant for the Architectural students. For each question is required a precise, comprehensive even if concise response, to which may be assigned a maximum score of 3/30. The final grade will be provided by the sum of the partial scores obtained for each question. A facsimile of the exam paper will be available and commented during the lessons.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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