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Building materials 7.5 credits

First cycle, K0002B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Civil Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering
Main field of study
Architecture, Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 4 or Mathematics E.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
To give good knowledge of the properties of the most common building materials and basic material science. You shall be able to describe and apply to building materials: - Influence on the outer environment of manufacturing and use of building materials. Basic principles of life cycle analyses. - Mechanisms of material degradation and service life analyses. - Heat and moisture transfer. Heat capacity. Drying of building materials. - Methods for material selection with databases. - Some basic concepts of solid mechanics and porosity of materials. I addition you shall be able to describe: - Manufacturing methods, structure and material properties for common building materials. - Mechanisms for how building materials will be influenced by loads, temperature and moisture conditions. - Fracture of ductile and brittle materials. - Reaction to fire and fire resistance of different materials. - How design and expression of different materials can influence the material selection. - Harmful emissions from building materials. - How the most common building materials are reused and recycled.

Based on different criteria you will train material selection in case studies. Heat and moisture transfer together with life cycle and service life issues are important parts. The properties of our most common building materials are critically reviewed and limitations of the use are illustrated. Own investigations of some material properties are performed in the laboratory work.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

The teaching includes lectures, exercises, assignments, laboratory work, group assignment and possibly study visit. Some parts of the course are obligatory and an active participation is required. The materials selection part is well suited as training in critical thinking. The course gives basic knowledge needed in forthcoming courses in structural engineering and architecture. 

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written exam, assignments, group assignment and laboratory work. In order to get an approved certificate for the whole course, approved assignments, group assignment and laboratory work are requested.

Transition terms
Replaces the course ABK027

Karin Habermehl-Cwirzen

Transition terms
The course K0002B is equal to ABK031

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Per Gunnar Burström och Kjell Nilvér: Byggnadsmaterial. Studentlitteratur 2018. ISBN 978-91-44-05755-2 Tredje upplagan
Per Gunnar Burström: Byggnadsmaterial (övningsbok). Studentlitteratur 2018. ISBN 978-91-44-05756-9 Tredje upplagan

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA07
0002AssignmentU G#1.50MandatoryA07
0003Laboratory and group workU G#1.50MandatoryA07

Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2020