Department of Civil Engineering
CIV ENG 3P04 - CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS AND DESIGN
Course Instructors: Dr. A. Ghani Razaqpur ( email : [email protected]
), Office: JHE 230
"The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the
term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme
circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and
communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to
comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email
and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes."
Teaching Assistants: (See course web-site for more information on teaching assistants for the course)
1. Mostafa El-Sayed (2) Yaqian Liu and (3) TBA
Activities: Total of 36 lectures, 3 hours lab/tutorial per week
Distribution of Marks:
Term Test (Closed Book): 25%
Concrete Mix-Design Project: 25% [To pass the course, one must complete the project.]
Final Examination (Closed Book): 40%
To pass the course, the student must get a minimum 50/100 in the Concrete Mix Design Project.
The percentage marks will be converted to final letter grade using the standard conversion scale shown in the
McMaster Undergraduate Calendar.
Term Test: There will be a one and a half hour term test for the course to be given on Thursday October 18
from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. The location will be announced before the test. his is a closed book test, and as such,
books and notes are NOT permitted during the term test (as well as during the Final Examination).
Any conflict between the term test and any other courses must be brought to the attention of the instructor
immediately after the announcement is made, so that alternate arrangements may be made.
Missed Term Test: Please see McMaster Undergraduate Calendar for the relevant policy. Accordingly,
please contact the associate dean of engineering in order to obtain permission for relief. If such a relief is
granted, a makeup test may be arranged. Such a makeup test will include course materials covered in the
lectures up to two days before the makeup test.
Marked term test will be returned to students during lecture period, and left-over books will be placed on the
shelf in front of room JHE-114.
Page 1 of 3 COURSE CONTENT:
Concrete: Concrete composition; Properties of aggregates and cement; Concrete mix-
design; Control of concrete mix; Fresh concrete properties; Hardened concrete properties;
Response to environmental changes and chemical attack. (Useful references  and ) 11
Mechanical Properties of Materials: Homogeneity, isotropy, stress-strain relations,
Hooke’s Law Basis of some mechanical and physical properties. Fatigue, fracture and
long-term response to sustained stresses (Useful reference ) 5
Steel and other Ferrous Metals : Steel composition, production and products; Metal
forming; Factors affecting the mechanical properties of steel;, Strengthening mechanisms;
Other ferrous metals: wrought iron, cast iro