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Introduction to Construction Materials and Calorimetry

Learn about the different construction materials used and the importance of calorimetry.

Publisher: NPTEL
This course will teach you about characterization techniques and how to investigate material failures in construction. The other part of this course is calorimetry which is the process of measuring the amount of heat released or absorbed during a chemical reaction. By knowing the change in heat, it can be determined whether or not a reaction is exothermic (releases heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat).
Introduction to Construction Materials and Calorimetry
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    4-5 Hours
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Construction is going on every minute of every day in every country of the world. It is an industry that is constantly in flux and is at the mercy of the economy. It is also a lucrative industry, should you make yourself and your skills invaluable. Upskilling is a huge part of staying relevant in any industry and having in depth knowledge of different construction materials and how to use the process calorimetry efficiently will help to keep you in work in the construction industry. This course begins by teaching you about asphalt and concrete which includes durability and structure. The characteristics of each material will be valued and you will learn how to take each of these into account for different projects. Without taking in the pros and cons of a material, you cannot forecast the material to be used for different projects.

Calorimetry will be a major topic in this course and you will be taught about the processes involved in the heat treatment of materials such as steel. Along with asphalt and concrete, you will study the microstructure of steel and relate that back to a construction material. Critical thinking and applying your knowledge is an essential part of this course so be ready to apply what you have learnt as you go. On top of known materials, you will focus on different aspects of calorimetry including the various types of calorimeters, the applications of calorimetry and the various calorimetric measurements.

Heat of hydration is a topic discussed in detail in this course and relates specifically back to construction materials and calorimetry. By the end of the course, you will be able to explain the influence of temperature on hydration in relation to calorimetry. Learn how to diversify your career by upskilling and learning an important role in the construction industry.

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