ADVANCED BUILDING MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES
2016/2017, Semester 2
School of Design and Environment (Building)
Modular Credits: 4
Deeper understanding of the key physical and chemical properties of the different envelope and structural materials.
Learn the essential skills and techniques to design a suitable structural frame.
Learn the technique of selecting materials based on their life cycle environmental performance.
This module aims to develop a strong knowledge base on the different building materials and technique of designing structural frames with some of these materials. As a whole, this module focuses on key building materials that are applied to the envelope and structural systems of buildings. For the envelope system, coatings made from advanced nanotechnology and phase change materials will be taught. Conventional yet important structural materials such as wood, steel, wood and masonry will be covered next, leading to the discussion on various types of structural systems and their designs. Finally, life cycle assessment will be introduced as a basis for evaluating and selecting environmentally superior materials.
Week 1 (11 January): Course introduction; introduction to façade materials; Smart Facade Coatings (e.g. Solar coatings, sound barrier coatings, thermal coatings). A/P Kua and Dr. Shah.
Week 2 (18 January): Nanomaterials for Energy Efficient Buildings (e.g. General Overview); Cool Building Materials (e.g. phase change materials, nanocomposites). Dr. Shah.
Week 3 (25 January): Nanomaterials – Nanosynthesis and Nanofabrication (production of nanomaterials). Dr. Shah.
Week 4 (1 February): Cement and concrete (history of cement; fundamentals of cement hydration; green concrete); Masonry (brick, mortar, stone and concrete masonry units); Steel (fundamentals of construction steel; fire-proofing of steel; properties of steel used for construction). A/P Kua.
Week 5 (8 February): Wood and composites (fundamentals of wood construction; different types of engineered wood; wood connections; wood and plastic composites). Life cycle assessment of building materials (including hands-on exercises). A/P Kua.
Week 6 (15 February): Horizontal floor structures planning. Dr. Lim.
** ONE WEEK BREAK**
Week 7 (1 March): High rise building structures. Dr. Lim.
Week 8 (8 March): High rise building structural systems. Dr. Lim.
Week 9 (15 March): Large span structures. Dr. Lim.
Week 10 (22 March): Large span structural systems. Dr. Lim.
Week 11 (29 March): Concrete structure appraisal and repair. Dr. Lim.
Week 12 (5 April): Group project presentation. Dr. Lim, Dr. Shah and A/P Kua.
Mid term test (week 7, 1 March): 20%
Group project: 30%
Final examination: 50%
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
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D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week