Course Name: Characterization of Construction Materials

Course abstract

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the characterization of construction materials and their behaviour, with a view of developing their understanding of the mechanisms that govern the performance of these materials. The course will be focused primarily on cement and concrete, and include the following techniques; the physics of the techniques and their application to cement science, including lab demonstrations and experiments will be covered. 1. Calorimetry 2. X-ray diffraction 3. Thermal analysis 4. Surface area measurement 5. Microscopy (Optical and SEM) 6. Image analysis 7. Spectroscopy techniques: Atomic Absorption / Emission, Infra-Red, UV-Vis and NMR 8. Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry 9. Impedance analysis

Course Instructor

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Prof. Manu Santhanam

Dr. Manu Santhanam is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. His research interests are in multi-scale characterization of concrete, supplementary cementing materials, durability and non-destructive evaluation
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Prof.Piyush Chaunsali

Dr. Piyush Chaunsali is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. His research focuses on the use of principles of materials science, life-cycle assessment and structural engineering to design sustainable building materials
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Teaching Assistant(s)

S. Vaishnav Kumar


Swathy Manohar


Yuvaraj Dhandapani


 Course Duration : Jan-Apr 2020

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 Enrollment : 18-Nov-2019 to 03-Feb-2020

 Exam registration : 16-Dec-2019 to 20-Mar-2020

 Exam Date : 26-Apr-2020




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Total Enrollment: 2260

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