Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.04.2020 - 25.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Jouni Punkki
Fahim Al-Neshawy

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish basic principles of the experimental methods and techniques in building materials, their advantages and limitations
  2. Perform experimental tests using devices related to the laboratory and "in-situ"  tests
  3. Describe the performance of building materials and elements using different test methods
  4. Be able to select suitable destructive and non-destructive techniques of inspection and investigation of technical condition of buildings and their structures

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course covers the following topics:
Laboratory investigation methods
+ Microstructure analysis (Petrographic analysis and microscopy analyses)
+ Durability testing of building materials (accelerated laboratory testing)
+ Physical and mechanical property analysis
In-situ investigation methods
+ Visual inspection
+ Non-destructive, semi destructive and destructive testing techniques

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed). The course assessment includes:

  • Group assignment, laboratory/site work and seminar presentation - 30% of the final grade
  • Final exam - 70% of the final grade

The course grading: (Final exam 70%) +  (assignment 30%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Total workload (Hours) = 5cr * 27h/cr = 135h
+ 24 h lectures, seminars and excursions
+ 44 h Group assignment, laboratory work and presentation
+ 64 h Individual studies
+ 03 h Final exam

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course handouts: include slides from lectures, explanatory notes, and additional readings

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Rak-82.3160 Experimental Methods in Building Materials Technology

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CIV-E1010 Building Materials Technology
CIV-E2020 Concrete Technology
CIV-E2060 Production technology of concrete structures

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed)

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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