2023-2024 / GCIV0184-5

Building Materials


36h Th, 16h Pr, 0,5d FW, 12h Labo., 12h Proj.

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Architectural Engineering5 crédits 
 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering5 crédits 
 Master in geography: geomatics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Luc Courard, Anne Habraken

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Classification of materials according to structure, composition, porosity, etc.. General characteristics (physical, chemical, mechanical and rheomechanical properties). Materials with hydrocarbon or polymeric binders. Materials with hydraulic binders. Silicates,ceramics and glass. Wood.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Provide the knowledge to be able to select construction materials in accordance with their ability and use. Understand interaction mechanisms of materials with environnement.

Full list of KLO's/AA for this lecture are fdefined in the matrix available on https://www.programmes.uliege.be/cocoon/20182019/formations/descr/A2UCON01.html

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, II.1, II.2, III.2, IV.2, VI.1, VI.2, VII.2, VII.3 of the BSc in engineering.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, II.1, II.2, III.2, IV.2, VI.1, VI.2, VII.2, VII.3 of the MSc in geological and mining engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The student must know the basics of chemistry and physics to be able to understand the structure of materials and their behavior through their interaction with the environment.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- Oral presentation of materials - Laboratory experiments: about ten tests on bitumen, plastics and various composite materials. - Development of lab results. - Bibliography research projects (group) - Factory visit
These activities are obligatory. Students who would not participate or would not present report in due time would not be allowed to present the exam.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

2nd term / monday 13:30-17:30

Recommended or required readings

Matériaux de construction (Luc COURARD), 2012, Centrale des cours A.E.E.S Science et génie des matériaux, W. Callister Jr, Dunod

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Oral examination (45 min preparation + 45 min exam) if face to face Oral examination (45 min exam) if via internet platform

It is mandatory to participate to the visit on site and laboratory. Students who would not participate cannot present exam and would receive note "A" for the examination.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. L. COURARD, B52/3, level - 1, room 534 (Tel.: 04/366.93.50) Luc.Courard@uliege.be
Assistant: Sophie GRIGOLETTO Email: Sophie.Grigoletto@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs