CE 393N Novel Structural Materials

This course is targeted at Civil Engineering M.S. or Ph.D. students specializing in Structural Engineering or Materials. The course introduces several emerging materials in structural engineering, some of which are already in use and some of which are still in development. Students are taught the principles of materials selection and design. For each novel material discussed, students are taught about its properties, how those properties are derived, and its potential applications. Examples of materials discussed are high performance steel, shape memory alloys, metal foams, ultra high performance concrete, calcium aluminate cement concrete, fiber-reinforced polymers, and engineered wood composites.

CE 393C Experimental Methods in Cement Chemistry

This course is targeted at graduate students pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering specializing in Materials. The course provides two functions: teaching students about the complexities of cement chemistry and introducing them to the common experimental techniques available for investigating the chemistry and microstructure of cement based materials. Students attend demonstrations of such tools as x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, isothermal calorimetry, and thermal gravimetric analysis, for example. The students then complete a small research project using the relevant tools.

CE 324P Properties and Behavior of Engineering Materials

A required course for undergraduate Civil and Architectural Engineering majors, this course is usually taken in the first semester of the third year. The course introduces students to materials science, or how materials derive their properties. Students learn about materials specific to civil and architectural engineering including steel, concrete, wood, asphalt, polymers, and composites. The course has a strong laboratory component, emphasizing the mechanical behavior of materials. The writing assignments in the laboratory portion of the course help students develop technical communication skills.

CE 351 Concrete Materials



This is an elective course for undergraduate Civil and Architectural Engineering majors, generally taken in the third year or later. The course focuses on concrete as a material, going into more depth than the CE 324P course. Students learn about cement manufacturing, hydration, and microstructure and concrete mixture design, placement, properties, and durability. In the laboratory portion of the course, students take field trips and perform laboratory experiments. Field trips in past semesters have included an aggregate quarry and concrete batch plant, construction sites, and LEED-certified buildings with innovative concrete use.  Recently, students have have designed and tested concrete mixtures with a maximum recycled content for a recycled concrete competition.