Technology of Building Materials

NAME OF THE COURSE Technology of Building Materials



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Dražan Jozić

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %


Course objectives

Acquiring basic theoretical and practical knowledge about the materials used in construction as well as manufacturing process conditions and preparation of composite materials. Acquiring basic Principe about the methods of characterization and protection of materials in the different environment conditions of use.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After passing the exam the student will be able to:
1. Prepare samples for standard test procedures in construction materials
2. Conduct tests of physical and chemical parameters essential for mineral binders in accordance with the procedures prescribed standard norms for mineral binders
3. Assess the type of bonding material suitable for use in a variety of application conditions of building materials
4. Prepare mortars and concretes by default specifications
5. Evaluate materials suitable for waterproofing

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1. Week L Description and overview of the course contents. Introductory remarks. The division of materials and their properties, Natural materials, Artificial materials, Materials applied as a structural and / or insulating materials
2. Week L Physical and mechanical properties of materials, Chemical properties of the material. Checking the quality of the material.
3. Week L The basics of building materials (stone, wood, building ceramics, glass, metals, polymeric materials). Mineral binders (air and hydraulic binders). Mortars and plasters.
4. Week L The processes of thermal decomposition of carbonate and technology of production the lime as mineral binder. Standard test methods and characterization of lime
E Preparation of lime and measure the reactivity of lime
5. Week L Technology of production of gypsum, and its application as construction materials, Standard methods for testing gypsum for application as construction materials
6. Week L The First colloquium
7. Week L Technology for production of Portland cement. Standards and types of the cements, Chemical and mineralogical composition of the cement.
E Determination of the specific surface area, density and particle size of the cement as mineral binder.
8. Week L Cement hydration. Cements for special purposes. Mineral admixtures for cement
E Determination of normal consistency, time for start and end of setting time. Determination of constancy of cement composites volume.
9. Week L Chemical additives for cement. The quality control of cement. Cement mortars. Examination of physical properties of mortars
E Preparation of cement mortars with and without additives, rheological properties of cement composites (mortar, concrete)
10. Week L The technology of preparation of concrete. Test methods for testing production of concrete and produced hardened concrete. Concrete for special purposes. Aggregates for the preparation of concrete, Production of concrete aggregates, The physical properties of aggregates. Methods of testing aggregates.
E Testing of the mechanical properties of cement mortars
11. Week L Resistance cements composites in terms of exposure to aggressive environments. Additives used to increase the durability and stability of the composite materials, Methods of monitoring (monitoring) the condition of structures,
E Rapid method of measuring the resistance to penetration of cement composites chloride
12. Week L Clay and clay minerals as mineral raw materials for production of building materials.
E Determination of capacity exchange cations (CEC value) of clays minarals
13. Week L Materials suitable for thermal and sound insulation used as construction materials
14. Week L Waterproofing materials used for protection and decoration of constructions. Techniques and methods of repairing of the buildings.
E Adhesion of waterproofing materials on concrete (pull off test)
15. Week L The Second colloquium

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities


Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work







Seminar essay





Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

The exam can be finished over the two tests during the semester. Minimum for successful tests is the limit of the 50% resolved test. Each test in assessing participates with a share of the 40% of the final grade. Presence at lectures 70-100% participates with a share of the 5% of the final grade while the presence of the laboratory exercises from 100% participates with a share of the 15% of the final grade. The examination periods there is a written and oral exam. Minimum for successful written exam is the limit of the 50% resolved test. Passing one test (previous activity) is valuable in the summer semester examination period with a share of the 15% of the final grade. Written exam has a share of the 25% and verbal has a share of the 40% of the final grade. Students who have not passed any tests during the semester they take the examination through written and oral exams in the regular examination period. Minimum for successful tests the limit of the 50% resolved test. Written part of exam and oral part of exam participates with a share of the 50% of the final grade.
The final grade: 50%-61% - sufficient, 62%-74% - good, 75%-87% very good, 88%-100% - excellent.

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

Andrija Đureković; Cement, cementni kompozit i dodaci za beton, Školska knjiga, Zagreb 1996.


H.F.W. Taylor; Cement chemistry, 2nd edition, Thomas Telford Publishing, Thomas Telford Services Ltd, London, 1997.


Pierre-Claude Aïtcin, Sidney Mindess; Sustainability of Concrete, Spon Press, Oxon 2011.


Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

Selected articles from journals recommended by lecturer

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

1. Tracking suggestions and reactions of students throughout the semester
2. Student survey

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)