Course syllabus

Materials Engineering

VBM611, 6 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 4
Date of Decision: 2012-02-14

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYA2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


- 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

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

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

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

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

The choices shall be motivated by calculations and the literature


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.

The student experiments are performed in groups of six students. They cast concrete, testing strength of concrete and steel and study heat and moisture transport. The experiments are presented in a written report.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination. Approved project work and experimental excercises.

Code: 0112. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written Examination
Code: 0212. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed Laboratory Works


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VBM011, VBM012, VBMA05

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Bitr Lektor Katja Fridh,
Course coordinator: Sanne Johansson,
Course homepage:
Further information: The student experiments are performed in Lund.