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INS2000Structural Materials3+0+1ECTS:5
Year / SemesterSpring Semester
Level of CourseFirst Cycle
Status Compulsory
Prerequisites and co-requisitesNone
Mode of DeliveryFace to face, Lab work
Contact Hours14 weeks - 3 hours of lectures and 1 hour of laboratory per week
LecturerProf. Dr. Şakir ERDOĞDU
Language of instructionTurkish
Professional practise ( internship ) None
The aim of the course:
The componets of concrete as a composite material, along with its fresh and hardened state properties will be extensively presented in the scope of the course. In addition, the basic steps for mix proportioning will also be provided.
Learning OutcomesCTPOTOA
Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to :
LO - 1 : learn the components of concrete. 1,21
LO - 2 : learn the properties of fresh concrete and methods of measuring these properties.1,21,3
LO - 3 : get acquainted with the properties of hardened concrete and how to determine these properties. 1,21,3,4
LO - 4 : comprehend the basic steps of concrete mix design and make experimental practice in the laboratory.1,2,51,4
CTPO : Contribution to programme outcomes, TOA :Type of assessment (1: written exam, 2: Oral exam, 3: Homework assignment, 4: Laboratory exercise/exam, 5: Seminar / presentation, 6: Term paper), LO : Learning Outcome

Contents of the Course
Classification of construction materials. Calcium based binders. Gypsum, lime, and cement. Manfacturing and composition of Portland cement. Hydration prodcuts and their morphology. Tests on cements. Cement types produced in Turkey. Aggregates for concrete. Deleterious substabces in aggregates. Physical and mechanical properties of aggregates. Sieve anlysis and gradation. Limit curves for gradation. Methods used for appropriate gradation. Mixing water, Chemical addmixtures. Mineral additives. Poozolanic activity. Properties of fresh concrete. Consistency and workability. Factors affecting workability. Segregation, honeycoming,, and bleeding. Concreting in abnormal weather conditions. Propeerties of hardened concrete. Factors affecting the strenthg of concrete. Behavior of concrete under compression. Creep and shrinkage concrete. Permeability and durability of concrete. Proportioning.of concrete mix. Concrete classes. Exposure classes. Procedure for concrete mix design. Metals.
Course Syllabus
 WeekSubjectRelated Notes / Files
 Week 1Classification of construction materials. Calcium based binders. Gypsum,lime, cement.
 Week 2Manufacturing process of cement, its composition and types. Hydration process of cement and hydration products. Physical and mechanical properties of cements.
 Week 3Aggregates for concrete. Properties of aggregates. Deleterious substances in aggregates.
 Week 4Sieve analysis and gradation
 Week 5Methods used for obtaining appropriate gradation.
 Week 6Mixing water. Chemical addmixtures. Mineral additives. Pozzolanic activity.
 Week 7Properties of fresh concrete. Workability methods. Segregastion, honeycoming, and bleeding. Concreting in abnormal weather conditions.
 Week 8Properties of hardened concrete. Factors affecting strength of concrete.
 Week 9Midterm exam.
 Week 10Deformation of concrete under compression. Creep and shrinkage of concrete.
 Week 11Permeability and durability of concrete.
 Week 12Proportioning of concrete mix. Concrete classes. Environmental conditions and exposure classes.
 Week 13Procedure for concrete mix design. Moisture corrections for jobsite conditions.
 Week 14Trial mix and adjustment of mix proportions. Examples for mix design.
 Week 15Laboratory.
 Week 16End-of-term exam.
Textbook / Material
1Baradan, B., Yazıcı, H., Aydın, S., 2015, Beton, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Mühendislik Fakültesi Yayınları No: 334, İzmir.
2Turhan, Y.E., 2003, Beton, ODTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı ve İletişim A.Ş. Ankara.
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Method of Assessment
Type of assessmentWeek NoDate

Duration (hours)Weight (%)
In-term studies (second mid-term exam) 9 2 40
Laboratory exam 14
End-of-term exam 16 2 50
Student Work Load and its Distribution
Type of workDuration (hours pw)

No of weeks / Number of activity

Hours in total per term
Yüz yüze eğitim 3 14 42
Sınıf dışı çalışma 1 14 14
Laboratuar çalışması 1 14 14
Arasınav için hazırlık 3 4 12
Arasınav 2 1 2
Uygulama 1 14 14
Klinik Uygulama 0 0 0
Ödev 2 4 8
Proje 0 0 0
Kısa sınav 0 0 0
Dönem sonu sınavı için hazırlık 6 6 36
Dönem sonu sınavı 2 1 2
Diğer 1 0 0 0
Diğer 2 0 0 0
Total work load144