Construction Materials and Protection

NAME OF THE COURSE Construction Materials and Protection



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Maja Kliškić

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

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Course objectives

The objective of this course is to achieve a knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of construction materials and their properties and their importance of practical applications; fundamentals of corrosion processes and corrosion protection, and methods of corrosion testing and prevention. This course will provide student to acquire an orderly pattern of thought in solving practical corrosion problems in a critical and creative manner.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Enrolled in or passed the cours Exercises in Construction Materials and Protection
The condition for taking the exam: Passed the course ”Exercises in Construction Materials and Protection”

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

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- differentiate of various types of structural materials due to their composition, properties and applications
- explain the advantages and disadvantages of the main structural materials
- evaluate the resistance of materials for any given conditions
- define and classify the corrosion processes
- perform the corrosion tests
- ascertain and select the most effective corrosion protection system for any given conditions – project related and on-site if appropriate – and evaluate its durability

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

1st week: Materials as the basis for the development of modern civilization. Economic and technological aspects. Distribution of construction materials with regard to the composition, properties and application.
2nd week: Structure of materials.
3rd week: Physical and chemical properties of construction materials.
4th week: Mechanical properties. Norms.
5th week: Behavior of materials under different conditions of exploatation.
6th week: The main metal materials and their applications. Iron, carbon and low alloy high alloyed steels. Non-ferrous metals and alloys.
7th week: Inorganic non-metallic materials. The organic construction materials. Composite materials.
8th week: First test
9th week: The definition of the economic importance of corrosion. Chemical corrosion of metals and alloys.
10th week: The types of corrosion attack.
11th week: Corrosion under specific conditions: in the atmosphere, water, soil, sea water, melt, biocorrosion, corrosion by stray currents.
12th week: Methods of protection. Ecological approach to the design of corrosion protection. Changing the properties of corrosion environment.
13th week: Protection by changing the electrode potential. Surface protection. Corrosion tests.
14th week: Classification and standardization of methods. Methods of testing in the laboratory. Tests on the model, the ongoing exploatation of the field.
15th week: Second test.
Monitor of atmospheric corrosion, Polarization of iron in sulphuric acid solution, Determination of efficiency of corrosion inhibitors by thermometric method, Cathodic protection of metal by protector, Investigation of oxide films formed on stainless steel, Field work in the laboratories of the Quality Insurance of Shipbuilding Industry Split, Field work in the company AD Plastik Split, Field work at the Institute IGH d.d.

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Lecture attendance: 80 %. Exercises attendance: 100 %.

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 entire course can be passed by two partial exams during the semester. Passing threshold is 60%. Each partial exam in assessing participates with 40% and exercises with 20%. On examination shedule students will have oral exam. Scoring: - 60% insufficient, 61 - 69% - sufficient (2), 70 - 79% - good (3), 80-89% very good (4), 90 - 100% - excellent (5).

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


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

T. Filetin, F. Kovačiček, J. Indof, Svojstva i primjena materijala, Fakultet strojarstva i brodogradnje,Zagreb, 2007.


T. Filetin, Pregled razvoja i primjene suvremenih materijala, Hrvatsko društvo za materijale i tribologiju, Zagreb, 2000.


T. Filetin, Izbor materijala pri razvoju proizvoda, Fakultet strojarstva i brodogradnje, Zagreb, 2006.


J.R. Davis, Corrosion – understanding the basic, ASM International, 2000.


B. Jarić, A. Rešetić, Korozija i katodna zaštita, Korexpres, Zagreb, 2003.


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

Uhlig’s Corrosion Handbook, 2nd edition, R.W. Revie (ed.), Pennington, New Yersey, 2000.
I. Esih, Osnove površinske zaštite, Fakultet strojarstva i brodogradnje Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Zagreb, 2003.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

- Tracking suggestions and reactions of participants during the semester
- Student survey

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)