Sustainability of Materials
Reference EHPOOL00000283
Taught in Faculty Minor Course List for Masters of Engineering
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 120.0
Studypoints (E) 4
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Nele De Belie
Department TW14
Co-lecturers Kim Verbeken
Key Words

sustainability, durability, concrete, stone, metal, corrosion, thermal oxidation, wear, diagnosis, repair

Position of the Course

Give the students insight into the most important causes of deterioration of stony materials and metals and into the different available techniques and measures to improve the durability of those materials. Provide information on techniques to judge the environmental impact of building materials and complete structures. This course contributes to the acquisition of following competences: have the attitude to develop and design in a durable and sustainable way; be able to use broadening information creatively. Specifically with regard to structural engineering this course contributes to the following competences: MaB.1.2, (MaB.2.5), (MaB.3.1), MaB.5.3


  • Concrete and stone: Durability of concrete, Cracking of concrete and importance of the concrete cover, Fouling and weathering of stone materials by micro-organisms, Maintenance and repair of concrete and stone structures, Sustainability of building materials
  • Metals: Introduction, thermal oxidation, Materials Design, Protection against corrosion, Case studies

Starting Competences

Knowledge of physics, chemistry and material science (level bachelor civil engineering)

Final Competences

Teaching and Learning Material

Course notes Partim concrete and stone (partly in English and partly in Dutch): 10 Euro Course notes Partim metals: 10 Euro


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Course Content-Related Study Coaching

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures; Plant visits

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation during examination period

Evaluation Methods

During examination period: oral closed-book exam, written preparation

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