Materials (CIVL2110)


Materials are an important part of the civil engineers' work. Indeed, civil engineers who are concerned with the design, construction, and maintenance of facilities need to understand the behaviour and performance of the materials used. And as it happens, mechanical properties - which are essential and basic for civil engineers - are highly dependent on the structure of materials at various scales. Therefore, it is important that a student in Civil Engineering possesses a fundamental knowledge in materials science.
This unit of study aims to provide students with the tools necessary to select the adequate material for a particular application and to assess its mechanical behaviour while in use. This course will focus mainly on materials for civil engineering and construction applications, i.e. metals, concrete and soils.

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Lecture 3 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%)


selected chapters from book Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering by William Smith, Javad Hashemi /Materials (CIVL2110 & CIVL5501) prepared by G. Proust /Special edition for UoS CIVL5501 and CIVL2210//

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Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.