Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G1 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VBM611 overlaps following cours/es: VBM011, VBM012 and VBMA05. Compulsory for: IBYA2. Course coordinator: Ass Professor Katja Fridh,, Building Materials. Assessment: Written examination. Approved project work and experimental excercises. Home page:

- to be able to identify the most common building materials

- to be acquantied with the production, properties and performance of the most important building materials

- to be able to make reasonable selections of materials and judge the consequences of the selections

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- be able to understand the relationships between the composition of materials and their most important properties

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

- be able to perform simple calculations of heat, moisture and strength behaviour of different materials

Structure of materials at sub-micro, micro and macro level. Density and porosity and their importance for the material properties. Heat and moisture issues. Strength and deformation properties. Durability. Properties at high temperatures. Test methods and judgement of test results. Production and properties of common materials as for instance concrete, steel, brick and wood.

Burström, P G: Byggnadsmaterial. Studentlitteratur Lund 2007. ISBN: 978-91-44-02738-8. 2nd edition.
Byggnadsmaterial övningsbok. Studentlitteratur Lund 2007. ISBN: 978-91-44-02740-1. 2nd edition.