Building materials I

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Course Unit Code223-0057/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
DAN159Ing. Jana Daňková, Ph.D.
KHE0007Ing. Filip Khestl, Ph.D.
The subject provides basic information about the structures and the physical and mechanical properties of construction materials and methods of determining these properties. It is focused on a specific building materials, particularly on issues of aggregates, ceramics, wood, metal, glass, binders, mortars and insulation materials. Increased attention is paid to concretes, their design, manufacture, maintenance and testing.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The objective of the course is to acquaint students with the properties, use, production and range of basic building materials. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in evaluation of physical and mechanical properties of building materials in the design and composition of building materials and choice of materials for use in building construction.
Course Contents
First Building materials - classification, structure, composition, basic properties
Second Water and gases in materials
Third Stone and gravel
4th binders
5th I. Concrete - Concrete fresh and hardened
6th Concrete II. - Production, maintenance, corrosion
7th Concrete III. - Special concrete
8th Malta
9th Building Ceramic
11th Wood and wood products
12th bitumen
13th glass
14th plastics

First Introduction of standard materials, and evaluation of measurement errors, safety training in the laboratories of building materials.
Second Statistical quality control of concrete according to CSN 73 2404 and PENV 206, enter the number 1.
Third Testing of aggregates for construction purposes
4th Laboratory - test volume and bulk density, Protocol No. 1 exam grading, protocol No. 2.
5th Testing of aggregates for construction purposes.
6th Laboratory - test particle washable, protocol # 3. Examination of aggregate shape index, protocol No. 4.
7th Testing of binders - plaster, lime, mortar.
8th Cements - classification, physical and mechanical properties.
9th Laboratory - test normal density cement slurry, Protocol No. 5.
10th Testing of concrete mixtures and concretes.
11th Design of concrete mixtures - according to Pavlik and Bolomeye, program No. 2
12th Testing of wood, metal, hardness of materials.
13th Testing of brick and plastic products, midterm test.
14th Credit.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
1.Allen, E., Iano, J.: Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods. Wiley, 2008, 1008 p. ISBN 047007468X.
2.Cowan, J.H., Smith, R.P.: The Science and Technology of Building Materials. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc., N.Y. , 1998.
3.Duggal S.K. Building Materials. Balkema, 1998. ISBN 905410 2527.

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Adámek, J. a kol.: Stavební materiály – Učební texty VUT v Brně, 1997.
Bajza, A., Rouseková, I.: Technológia betónu. - Jaga, Bratislava, 2006, 190 s.
Aïtcin, P.-C.: Vysokohodnotný beton. – Informační centrum ČKAIT, 2005.
Hanykýř, V., Kutzendörfer, J.: Technologie keramiky. - Silikátový svaz a Vega, s.r.o., 2000, 287 s.
Pytlík, P.: Cihlářství. - VUT Brno, CERM, s.r.o. Brno, 1995, 264s.
Pytlík, P., Sokolář, R.: Stavební keramika, technologie, vlastnosti a využití. - CERM, s.r.o., Brno, 2002, 285 s.
Horáček, P.: Fyzikální a mechanické vlastnosti dřeva. MZLU, Brno 2008
Gandelová, L. a kol.: Nauka o dřevě. MZLU, Brno 2002
Šlezingerová, J.: Stavba dřeva. MZLU Brno 2002
Šauman, Z.: Maltoviny I. – Učební texty VUT v Brně, 1993.
Vondruška, V.: Sklářství. – Grada Publishing, Praha, 2002, 273 s.
Recommended Reading:
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Experimental work in labs
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Exercises evaluation and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        Exercises evaluationCredit35 18
        ExaminationExamination65 16