Construction Materials

Topics: Concrete, Materials science, Tensile strength Pages: 8 (2064 words) Published: October 29, 2013
Module
Communication Skills
Code
COMS 1010
Assignment 1
Portfolio – Writing an Academic Paper

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Programme of Study
B Eng (Hons) Civil Engineering; Year 1 (E 310)
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Submission Date
Thursday 11 October 2012

Title of Academic Paper
Construction Materials of The Future : Opportunities Offered by New Construction Materials

Contents of Portfolio
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Assignment …………………………………………………………………………………. 3 Part 1Title of Academic Paper…………………………………………………….. 4 Part 2Brainstorming Activity and Ideas Generated………………………………. 5 Part 3 Reading Activity with Relevant Reading Resources and

Referencing…………………………………………………………………. 6 - 7 Part 4Organisation of Ideas………………………………………………………. 8 Part 5Academic Paper……………………………………………………………. 9 -11 Part 6 Bibliography……………………………………………………………….. 12

Assignment 1 : Portfolio on Writing an Academic Paper

Submission of Six Parts Contributing to the Academic Paper
1. Title of Academic Paper

2. Brainstorming Activity and Ideas Generated

3. Reading Activity with Relevant Reading Resources and Referencing

4. Organisation of Ideas

5. Academic Paper

6. Bibliography

Objective : To demonstrate skills required for the preparation and writing of academic papers.

Part 1 : Title of Academic Paper

Construction Materials Of The Future: Opportunities Offered by New Construction Materials

Part 2 : Brainstorming Activity and Ideas Generated

Why new construction materials are needed?
Comparison with current materials used?
Types of current materials? Steel, Concrete, Composites, Plastics Properties of current materials?
Types of new construction materials?
Carbon fibre polymer
Intelligent Materials
Nanotechnology in Concrete, Wood, Glass
Cost of new construction materials?
Are new materials easily manufactured and obtained?
Are new materials environment friendly?
Do new materials require expertise while using them?

Part 3 : Reading Activity with Relevant Reading Resources and Referencing

Resources used ( including sources from the internet, book and Journal articles): 1.
Internet
Smith, M. ‘Nanotechnology in Construction. Building Technologies’, http://www.thenbs.com/topics/ConstructionProducts/articles/nanotechnologyInConstruction.asp [Accessed on 4 October 2012] Two nanoparticles that stand out in their application to construction materials are titanium dioxide (TiO2) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The former is being used for its ability to break down dirt or pollution and then allow it to be washed off by rain water on everything from concrete to glass and the latter is being used to strengthen and monitor concrete.

2.
Internet
Surinder, M. 2006, ‘Nanotechnology and Construction’,
http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=nanotech%20and%20construction%20nanoforum%20report.pdf&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nanoforum.org%2Fdateien%2Ftemp%2FNanotech%2520and%2520Construction%2520Nanoforum%2520report.pdf%3F09052012123958&ei=ygl1UKmvBpHqrQef4oBA&usg=AFQjCNHCIa9q6EAG8oyZIpgsb04HsDbBhw [Accessed on 4 October 2012] Fire resistance of steel structures is often provided by a coating produced by a spray-on cementitious process. Current portland cement based coatings are not popular because they need to be thick, tend to be brittle and polymer additions are needed to improve adhesion. However, research into nano-cement (made of nano-sized particles) has the potential to create a new paradigm in this area of application because the resulting material can be used as a tough, durable, high temperature coating. This is achieved by the mixing of carbon nanotubes (CNT’s) with the cementious material to fabricate fibre composites that can inherit some of the outstanding properties of the nanotubes (box 3, p8) such...

Bibliography: 1. Callister, W. D. 2007, ‘Callister’s Materials Science and Engineering’, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 605 Third Avenue, New York, USA, NY 10158-0012.
2. Flaga, K. 2000, ‘Advances in materials applied in civil engineering’, Journal of Materials Processing Technology 106 (2000), pp 173-183
3. Smith, M. ‘Nanotechnology in Construction. Building Technologies’,
http://www.thenbs.com/topics/ConstructionProducts/articles/nanotechnologyInConstruction.asp [Accessed on 4 October 2012]
4. Surinder, M. 2006, ‘Nanotechnology and Construction’,
http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=nanotech%20and%20construction%20nanoforum%20report.pdf&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nanoforum.org%2Fdateien%2Ftemp%2FNanotech%2520and%2520Construction%2520Nanoforum%2520report.pdf%3F09052012123958&ei=ygl1UKmvBpHqrQef4oBA&usg=AFQjCNHCIa9q6EAG8oyZIpgsb04HsDbBhw [Accessed on 4 October 2012]
5. Wadsworth, J. 2007, ‘Looking Beyond the Last 50 years: The Future of Material Science and Engineering’, JOM, February, pp 65-72
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