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Civil Engineering Master Information
Master Studies (Programme Regulations 2020)
1. Semester
Major Courses
Major in Materials and Mechanics
101-0677-00LConcrete TechnologyW2 credits2GF. Nägele, M. Bäuml, G. Martinola, T. Wangler
AbstractOpportunities and limitations of concrete technology.
Commodities and leading edge specialties.
ObjectiveAdvanced education in concrete technology for civil engineers who are designing, specifying and executing concrete structures.
ContentBased on the lecture 'Werkstoffe' students receive deep concrete technology training. Comprehensive knowledge of the most important properties of conventional concrete and the current areas of research in concrete technology will be presented. The course covers various topics, including:

- concrete components
- concrete properties
- concrete mix design
- production, transport, casting
- demoulding, curing and additional protective measures
- durability
- standards
- chemical admixtures
- alternative binders
- specialty concretes such as
- self compacting concrete
- fiber reinforced concrete
- fast setting concrete
- fair faced concrete
- recycled concrete
- new research in digital fabrication with concrete
Lecture notesSlides provided for download.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesProblem-solvingassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
151-8015-00LMoisture Transport in Porous Media Information W3 credits2GJ. Carmeliet, L. Fei, J. Huang, J. Zhao
AbstractMoisture transport and related degradation processes in porous materials; experimental determination of moisture transport properties; theory and application of pore network model for two-phase transport in porous media; flow in cracked and deformable porous media.
Objective- Basic knowledge of moisture transport and related degradation processes in porous materials
- Knowledge of experimental determination of moisture transport properties
- Knowledge of pore network model and application to two-phase invasion percolation simulation
- Application of knowledge to moisture transport in cracked materials and flow in deformable porous media
Content1. Introduction
Moisture damage: problem statement, durability
Applications: building materials, soil science, geoscience

2. Moisture transport: theory and application
Description of moisture transport
Determination of moisture transport properties
Liquid transport in cracked materials, flow and transport in deformable porous media

3. Pore network model: theory and application
Single- and two-phase pore network model: quasi-static and dynamic
Exercise on quasi-static two-phase pore network model: invasion pattern, capillary pressure curve
Application of pore network model in two-phase transport
Lecture notesHandouts, supporting material and exercises are provided online via Moodle.
LiteratureAll material is provided online via Moodle.
151-0353-00LMechanics of Composite MaterialsW4 credits2V + 1UP. Ermanni, G. Pappas, M. Sakovsky
AbstractFocus is on laminated fibre reinfoced polymer composites. The courses treats aspects related to micromechanics, elastic behavior of unidirectional and multidirectional laminates, failure and damage analysis, design and analysis of composite structures.
ObjectiveTo introduce the underlying concept of composite materials and give a thorough understanding of the mechanical response of materials and structures made from fibre reinforced polymer composites, including elastic behaviour, fracture and damage analysis as well as structural design aspects. The ultimate goal is to provide the necessary skills to address the design and analysis of modern lightweight composite structures.
ContentThe course is addressing following topics:
- Introduction
- Elastic anisotropy
- Micromechanics aspects
- Classical Laminate Theory (CLT)
- Failure hypotheses and damage analysis
- Analysis and design of composite structures
- Variable stiffness structures
Lecture notesScript, handouts, exercises and additional material are available in PDF-format on the CMASLab webpage resp on moodle.

LiteratureThe lecture material is covered by the script and further literature is referenced in there.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
101-0617-01LAdvances in Building MaterialsW4 credits2GR. J. Flatt, I. Burgert
AbstractThe course on Advances in Building Materials provides an introductive overview of the needs and future of materials science in the building sector. Focus topics concern sustainability, durability, thermal insulation, coatings, sealants, adhesives, flame retardancy and the future perspective and developments of concrete and wood with regard to smart material development and ecological concerns.
ObjectiveIn this course, the students will gain a broad overview of the use of materials in the building sector, with a particular focus on concrete and wood. Current limitations and in particular sustainability related challenges will be detailed with the objective of laying the grounds to discuss future developments anticipated in this field.
ContentThis course for civil engineers lays the grounds in the specialization Materials and Mechanics and complements the second introductory course of the specialization on Numerical Mechanics of Materials. The course also addresses master students in Materials Science and other study programs interested in deepening their understanding of application-relevant properties of engineering materials and sustainability related challenges.
The following topics are covered:
1. Material selection
2. Materials and sustainability 1
3. Materials and sustainability 2
4. Recyclability
5. Material science of wood durability
6. Material science of concrete durability
7. Foams in construction and thermal insulation
8. Sealants and adhesives in construction
9. Coatings
10. Flame retardants
11. Future of wood – 1
12. Future of wood – 2
13. Future of concrete – 1
14. Future of concrete – 2
Lecture notesHandouts will be provided for each lecture.
101-0617-02LComputational Science Investigation for Material MechanicsW4 credits2SD. Kammer, F. Wittel
AbstractIntroduction to computational sciences with focus on numerical modeling of the mechanics of materials. Simulation of material damage and failure with advanced finite element methods.
ObjectiveLearning from mistakes and failures is as old as the engineering discipline. Understanding why things went wrong is essential for improvement, but often impossible without the help of numerical modelling. Real world problems are often highly nonlinear, dependent on multiple physical fields, involve fundamental material behavior far from equilibrium and reversibility, and can often only be understood by addressing different relevant scales.

In this course, we will use real-life cases to learn how to deal with such problems. Starting from the problem description with governing equations, you will learn how to tackle non-linear and multi-field problems using numerical simulations. A particular focus will be on fracture. Starting from the failed state, we will investigate potential causes and find the conditions that resulted in failure. For doing so, you will learn how to predict it with the Finite Element Method (FEM). To correctly assess failure, plastic behavior and size effects, originating from the underlying material microstructure, need to be considered. You will learn how to deal with plasticity in FEM and how you can get information from the heterogeneous material scale into your FEM framework.
Content1 Introduction to (numeric) forensic engineering
2 The nature of engineering problems (governing equations)
3 Numerical recipes for dealing with non-linear problems
4 Multi-field problems (HTM; Comsol)
5 On the nature of failure - Physics of damage and fracture
6 Cracks and growth in structures (LEFM and beyond)
7 A practical approach to LEFM with FEM (Abaqus)
8 Introduction to metal plasticity
9 Damage and fracture in heterogeneous materials
10 Mechanics of fatigue
11 Visco-elastic failure
12 Student μ-Project presentation
Lecture notesWill be provided during the lecture via moodle.
LiteratureWill be provided during the lecture.
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