Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Materials Science for Civil Engineers

Overall Course Objectives

To enable the participants – on a physico-chemical basis – to carry out a calculative estimation of the properties of materials and their behaviour during chemical, thermal and mechanical exposure. In addition, the participants are given a calculative basis for independent, further analysis of materials scientific problems.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and apply basic thermodynamic state parameters and measures for amount and concentration
  • State basic chemical components and reactions as well as values and units for basic quantities within the science of construction materials
  • Explain and apply the laws of thermodynamics
  • Describe the types of thermodynamic systems and processes
  • Explain and apply the basic laws within the science of construction materials
  • Draw up and analyse the basic chemical problems of equilibria of relevance to the science of construction materials
  • Extract and analyse material technological problems from a practical, engineering situation
  • Evaluate the material properties and behaviour during chemical, thermal and mechanical influence

Course Content

Lectures: Description of systems of matter, chemical and physical influential factors, reactions and equilibrium of reactions, thermal properties, moisture technical calculations and mechanical phenomena in relation to materials science. Emphasis is put on exercising a broad, practical engineering applicability of the subjects. Examples of this include the frost resistance of concrete, moisture take-up of wood and corrosion of steel. Relevant physico-chemical phenomena will be demonstrated during the lectures. Exercises: Lecture exercises, Repetition exercises, Group exercises.

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12603
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Wed 8-12

7.500,00 DKK