Subject: Materiais em Construção Nova e Reabilitação

Scientific Area:

Civil Engineering and Construction


64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Interpret and solve problems within the scope of engineering of construction materials with analytical capacity, critical thinking and innovative sense.

2 - Search and select information to support the choice of construction and rehabilitation solutions.

3 - Acquire basic knowledge about the primary materials used in construction and rehabilitation of buildings, including their raw materials and processing, characteristics and properties, in order to understand their application and performance.

4 - Use standards to support the selection and specification of materials for practical applications.


1 - Introduction to Study of Materials Science:     1.1. Introduction to materials science; 1.2. Cycle of materials; 1.3. Ecological footprint, reuse and recycling.

2 - Stones:     2.1. Natural Stones; 2.2. Selection of natural stones and their conditions of application.

3 - Hydraulic and Air hardening binding materials:      3.1. Building gypsum; 3.2. Aerial lime; 3.3. Hydraulic Lime; 3.4. Cement.

4 - Concrete and Mortars:     4.1. Components of Concrete; 4.2. Concrete composition; 4.3. Compactness; 4.4. Mortar traces.

5 - Steel:    5.1. Raw materials; 5.2. Mild steel; 5.3. High carbon steel; 5.4. Mechanical properties.

6 - Wood and wood based materials:     6.1. Wood properties; 6.2. Defects, deterioration and conservation of wood; 6.3. Rehabilitation of woods.

7 - Traditional ceramics:    7.1. Raw materials; 7.2. Properties; 7.3. Manufacture.

8 - Glass:      8.1. Types; 8.2. Raw materials; 8.3. Properties; 8.4. Manufacture, transportation and application.


CACHIM, P. B. , Construções em Madeira, Publindústria (2007);

CÓIAS, V., Inspecções e Ensaios na Reabilitação de Edifícios (2008), IST Press.

COUTINHO, A. Sousa , Fabrico e Propriedades do Betão - I, II e III, LNEC (1997). Lisboa;

MARGARIDO, F., GONÇALVES, M.C., Ciência e Engenharia dos Materiais de Construção (2012), IST Press.

NEVILLE, A. , Properties of Concrete, Prentice Hall (2000). 4ª edição;


Assesssment methods and criteria:

The Regular Season will be evaluated based on 2 tests that are designed to measure students knowledge on the theoretical and practical issues discussed in the classes. Each test corresponds to 35% of the final classification and the remaining (30%) corresponds to the classification of the practical works. Students with a rating higher or equal to 9.5 marks will get approved. The Supplementary Season will be evaluated based on a final exam.