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Civil Engineering Master Information
2. Semester
Major Courses
Major in Materials and Mechanics
101-0608-00LBuilding Materials and Sustainability
Prerequisite: Sustainable construction (101-0577-00L). Otherwise a special permisson by the lecturer is required.
W3 credits2GG. Habert
AbstractAfter a presentation of the general environmental context and sustainability issues, this course will present in details the environmental impact associated with the different type of building materials used in the construction.
The Life Cycle Assessment method will be presented and used in a practical example.
ObjectiveAfter the lecture serie, the student knows the environmental impact of the different building materials and the way to reduce it.

They know how the basic of Life Cycle assessment method (LCA).

They know how to calculate the environmental impact of a structure using classic LCA software.
ContentThe lecture series is divided as follows:
Lectures 1 to 3: General presentation of environmental challenges
and LCA method.

Lectures 4 to 11: In the main block, the different constructive techniques are presented and discussed. An attention is paid to highlight the consequences of using one constructive technique in term of construction process as well as maintenance aspects during all the service life of the structure. Conventional (concrete, steel, precast, fired clay bricks) as well as non-conventional (organic fibres, bamboo, earth, stone) techniques will be studied.

For each lecture, presentation are then applied using LCA software (Simapro).

Lecture 12: The final phase summarizes the lecture series and provides the possibility to discuss the main findings and conclusions.
Lecture notesFor each lecture slides will be provided.
LiteratureBasic knowledge of environmental assessment tools is a prerequisite for this class. Students that have not done classwork in this topic before are required to read an appropriate textbook before or at the beginning of this course (e.g. Baumann&Tillman, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to LCA: An Orientation in Life Cycle ssessment Methodology and Applications, Studentlitteratur, Lund, 2004).
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture series will be conducted in English and is aimed at students of master's programs, particularly the departments ARCH, BAUG, ITET, MAVT, MTEC and UWIS.
No lecture will be given during Seminar week.

The lecture deals with environmental impact assessment as well as material science.
An understanding of the physical chemistry of building materials is necessary to understand the lecture.
In particular to understand the improvement potentials that one can do for each building material production process.
101-0658-00LConcrete Material ScienceW4 credits2GR. J. Flatt, T. Wangler
AbstractConcrete Material Science examines how concrete properties are affected by its microstructure and how its microstructure is controlled by processing and composition. To achieve this, the course comprises a comprehensive presentation of the different techniques used to characterize concrete and its constituents, both in research and construction practice.
ObjectiveIn this course you will gain a thorough understanding of common techniques for characterizing engineering, microstructural, physical and chemical properties of concrete. You will learn how this knowledge can be used both in research and industrial environments. In practice, these techniques are used, for example, to evaluate new materials, diagnose causes of problems, determine responsibilities, handle reclaims or quality insurance as well as devise an experimental program in research and development. Throughout the course various references you will also learn about how concrete can be designed to have a reduced environmental impact and increased service life.
1. Introduction to Concrete Material Science
2. Thermodynamic modeling of cement hydration and its industrial relevance. Dr. Thomas Matschei (Holcim Group Support)
3. Characterization techniques of cementitious materials I
4. Characterization techniques of cementitious materials II
5. Characterization techniques of cementitious materials III: Solid State NMR. Prof. Jean-Baptiste d'Espinose (ESPCI)
6. Fresh properties of concrete - Rheology
7. Chemical admixtures
8. Transport in porous media
9. Durability I
10. Alternative binders
11. Durability II - Alkali-Silica Reaction. Dr. Andreas Lehmann (EMPA)
12. Practical exercises I
13. Practical exercises II
14. Practical exercises III
Lecture notesStudents will receive all obligatory literature in printed form.
LiteratureStudents will recieve all obligatory literature in printed form.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents with Bachelor Degree
Further degrees: Dipl. Ing. ETH or FH
101-0678-00LWood Physics & Wood MaterialsW3 credits2GI. Burgert, T. Zimmermann
AbstractFundamental relationships between structure and properties of wood and wood based materials are conveyed. Based on the hierarchical structure of wood, aspects of nanostructural characterization and micromechanical analysis will be covered. In view of material developments, concepts for the assembly of advanced wood materials and cellulose-based materials will be demonstrated.
ObjectiveAt a global scale wood is one of the most important building materials. Knowledge of significant physical properties of wood, wood based materials and advanced wood materials as well as the relationship between structure and properties are conveyed. This knowledge is fundamental for an appropriate use of wood and wood based materials as well as for a further improvement of the reliability of wood and for establishing new fields of application.
ContentThe following topics are covered:
Hierarchical structure of wood and assembly of wood-based products
Physical properties (density, wood moisture, swelling and shrinkage)
Mechanical properties at different length scales
Nanostructural characterization
Materials from nanocellulose
Wood modification and durability
Wood polymer composites
Wood hybrid materials
Wood surfaces
Functional wood materials
Lecture notesHandouts will be sent to the students by e-mail prior to each lecture.
LiteratureNiemz, P.: Physik des Holzes und der Holzwerkstoffe, DRW Verlag 1993
Bodig, J.; Jayne, B.A.: Mechanics of wod and wood composites. Krieger, Malabar, Florida 1993
Dunky,M.; Niemz, P.: Holzwerkstoffe und Leime. Springer, Berlin 2002
Wagenführ,A.; Scholz,F.:Taschenbuch der Holztechnik (Kapitel 1.4 und 2, P.Niemz), Hanser Verlag 2008
101-0679-00LNon-Destructive Test Methods and Health Monitoring Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 8.
W3 credits2PI. Burgert, U. Angst
AbstractMethods for the non-destructive characterization and testing of wood and reinforced concrete are presented in introductory lectures. Afterwards selected experiments such as measurement of humidity, ultrasound, hardness and porosity are performed by the students. Some parameters that influence materials properties are tested. A written report with results and discussion has to be prepared at the en
ObjectiveImportant non-destructive test methods shall be learnt. These methods that are based on the same physical principles (e.g. resistance measurement, ultrasound, hardness) are used for wood and concrete in a comparative way. The course shall the address the fundamentals for condition assessment of structures in wood and reinforced concrete.
ContentDetailed knowledge of the microscopic structure of concrete and wood.
Knowledge of non-destructive test methods for concrete and wood (humidity, ultrasound, hardness, etc.).
Problems in calibration of measuring instruments, influence of disturbing parameters (e.g. temperature).
Basics of condition assessment of wood and reinforced concrete structures, assessment of deterioration processes (corrosion).
Writing of reports for condition assessment.
Possibilities of restoration of structures.
Lecture notesA manuscript of the course will be available. Additionally reprints or more specific literature will be indicated.
LiteratureWerkstoff Holz:
Niemz, P.; Sander, D.: Prozessmesstechnik in der Holzindustrie. Leipzig 1990
Tagungsbände Fachtagungen zur zerstörungsfreien Werkstoffprüfung
Bucur, V.: Characterization and Imaging of Wood. Springer 2003
Bucur, V.: Acoustics of Wood. Springer 2006
Vollenschar (Hrsg): Wendehorst Baustoffkunde. 26. Auflage. Teubner 2004
Hasenstab, A.: Integritätsprüfung mit zerstörungsfreien Ultraschallechoverfahren.
Diss. TU Berlin 2005
Unger, A.: Schniewind, A.P.; Unger, W.: Conservation of wood artifacts.
Springer 2001

Werkstoff Beton
D. Bürcheler: Der elektrische Widerstand von zementösen Werkstoffen. Diss. ETHZ 11876 (1996)
151-0526-00LFundamentals of Engineering Fracture MechanicsW4 credits2V + 1UH.‑J. Schindler
AbstractMechanics and mechanisms of fracture processes and their engineering theoretical treatment
ObjectiveUnderstanding of fracture mechanisms of engineering materials and structures. Theoretical foundation of engineering fracture mechanics and their basic models. Knowledge how to deal practically with problmes of cracks and fracture
ContentTheoretical foundation of engineering fracture mechanics, including stability criteria of cracks in elastic and elastic plastic materials, definition and calculation of stress intensity factors, J-Integral, crack-tip opening displacement. Practical application of fracture mechanics: Calculation of crack tip loading in structural parts, safety analysis, safe life prediction for sub-critical crack growth, theoretical treatment of hot-spots and sharp notches.
Lecture notesA script (in german) is available and distributed in the course
LiteratureWeiterführende Literatur ist im Skript angegeben
151-0735-00LDynamic Behavior of Materials and Structures
Does not take place this semester.
W4 credits2V + 2UD. Mohr
AbstractLectures and computer labs concerned with the modeling of the deformation response and failure of engineering materials (metals, polymers and composites) subject to extreme loadings during manufacturing, crash, impact and blast events.
ObjectiveStudents will learn to apply, understand and develop computational models of a large spectrum of engineering materials to predict their dynamic deformation response and failure in finite element simulations. Students will become familiar with important dynamic testing techniques to identify material model parameters from experiments. The ultimate goal is to provide the students with the knowledge and skills required to engineer modern multi-material solutions for high performance structures in automotive, aerospace and navel engineering.
ContentTopics include viscoelasticity, temperature and rate dependent plasticity, dynamic brittle and ductile fracture; impulse transfer, impact and wave propagation in solids; computational aspects of material model implementation into hydrocodes; simulation of dynamic failure of structures;
Lecture notesSlides of the lectures, relevant journal papers and users manuals will be provided.
LiteratureVarious books will be recommended covering the topics discussed in class
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse in continuum mechanics (mandatory), finite element method (recommended)
327-2224-00LMaP Distinguished Lecture Series on Additive Manufacturing
Does not take place this semester.
This course is primarily designed for MSc and doctoral students. Guests are welcome.
W1 credit2SM. Meboldt, A. R. Studart
AbstractThis course is an interdisciplinary colloquium on Additive Manufacturing (AM) involving different internationally renowned speakers from academia and industry giving lectures about their cutting-edge research, which highlights the state-of-the-art and frontiers in the AM field.
ObjectiveParticipants become acquainted with the state-of-the-art and frontiers in Additive Manufacturing, which is a topic of global and future relevance from the field of materials and process engineering. The self-study of relevant literature and active participation in discussions following presentations by internationally renowned speaker stimulate critical thinking and allow participants to deliberately discuss challenges and opportunities with leading academics and industrial experts and to exchange ideas within an interdisciplinary community.
ContentThis course is a colloquium involving a selected mix of internationally renowned speaker from academia and industry who present their cutting-edge research in the field of Additive Manufacturing. The self-study of relevant pre-read literature provided in advance to each lecture serves as a basis for active participation in the critical discussions following each presentation.
Lecture notesSelected scientific pre-read literature (max. three articles per lecture) relevant for and discussed at the end of each individual lecture is posted in advance on the course web page
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipants should have a solid background in materials science and/or engineering.
402-0812-00LComputational Statistical Physics Information W8 credits2V + 2UH. J. Herrmann
AbstractComputer simulation methods in statistical physics. Classical Monte-Carlo-simulations: finite-size scaling, cluster algorithms, histogram-methods. Molecular dynamics simulations: long range interactions, Ewald summation, discrete elements, parallelization.
ObjectiveThe lecture will give a deeper insight into computer simulation methods in statistical physics. Thus, it is an ideal continuation of the lecture
"Introduction to Computational Physics" of the autumn semester focusing on the following topics. Classical Monte-Carlo-simulations: finite-size scaling, cluster algorithms, histogram-methods. Molecular dynamics simulations: long range interactions, Ewald summation, discrete elements, parallelization.
ContentComputer simulation methods in statistical physics.
Classical Monte-Carlo-simulations: finite-size scaling, cluster algorithms, histogram-methods. Molecular dynamics simulations: long range interactions, Ewald summation, discrete elements, parallelization.
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