Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VBMF05 overlaps following cours/es: VBM070. Alternative for: V3. Course coordinator: Associate Professor Lars Wadsö,, Building Materials. Recommended prerequisits: VBM012 Building Materials and VBFA01 Building Technology and Building Services. Assessment: Written examination. The performance on the written examination forms the basis for the final mark of the course. Home page:

The objective is to give the student a deeper understanding of the relationships between the composition and structure of materials and their mechanical/physical properties and their durability and to give an ability to apply this understanding to various issues in buildings and structures.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

· understand how properties of materials depend on the composition and structure of materials.

· have deepened knowledge on how material properties are estimated from their composition and structure.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to use models for predicting material properties and performance of materials

· be able to use this knowledge in advanced applications and to generalize it to completely new applications in buildings and structures.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

have obtained a clear picture of what knowledge is required to assess properties and performance of new materials or current materials in new applications. The student must realize the importance of the performance of materials in the long-term perspective that production and maintenance of buildings and structures require.

In our first course a broad survey of building materials and their properties is given. In this advanced course we will chose a limited number of topics and enter deeply into these. These are topics of importance to an engineer in the building sector and at the same time subjects that will lead to an increased conceptual understanding.

Examples of subjects that will be discussed are the structure of materials, modelling of composite materials, moisture in materials, fracture mechanics and durability. Since all teachers are experts in the fields that are lectured on, the subjects change somewhat from one year to another.

Wadsö, L. m. fl.: Building Material Science, KFS i Lund AB 2011