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CIV 217 W - Materials Testing

Civil Engineering projects require knowledge of many materials; this course introduces properties and testing of some of the most common including:  Portland cement concrete, aggregates, cement admixtures, bituminous materials, and ferrous metals.  Additional topics include:  design and proportioning of concrete mixes; placing and curing of concrete; and deformation measurement of materials under stress.  Students will learn  seven concrete sampling techniques required by American Concrete Institute and may elect to take the test for Concrete Field Testing Technician near the end of the semester.  This is a writing emphasis course.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Corequisite:  CIV 219 Strength of Materials

Credits: 3
2 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose and importance of inspection and testing on construction projects.
  2. Have knowledge of the properties, qualities, and specifications for aggregates.
  3. Be aware of the types of and properties of portland cement.
  4. Understand the properties of portland cement concrete and requirements for quality concrete.
  5. Know the proper procedures for mixing, placing, and curing concrete.
  6. Understand the basics of concrete mix design.
  7. Understand the importance of specifications for materials and procedures used in concrete construction.
  8. Have a knowledge of bituminous materials including asphalt cement, liquid asphalt, and emulsified asphalt.
  9. Understand the types of bituminous pavements.
  10. Perform seven field testing procedures used in concrete construction:  temperature, sampling, slump, entrained air by pressure meter, entrained air by the volumetric meter, preparation of samples for strength testing, unit weight.
  11. Understand the requirements of the ASTM test specifications for the above seven field test procedures.
  12. Work in teams to perform lab testing on concrete aggregates and portland cement concrete.
  13. Prepare professional quality laboratory reports.
  14. Analyze lab results and write about data trends, observations, and conclusions.