29910 - Applied Chemistry

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  • Teacher Alberto Fregni

  • Credits 3

  • SSD ING-IND/22

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Environmental Engineering (cod. 9198)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the properties and performance of building materials, in order to reach the most suitable choice for different uses during the design phase.

Course contents

Physical-mechanical performances of materials
stress-strain diagram, Young modulus, elastic and plastic strain, fracture, creep.

Ceramic materials
Technology, mechanical properties and performance, durability and degradation. Bricks, ceramic tiles

Hydraulic and non-hydraulic binders: gypsum, lime, Portland cement. Types of cement according to the UNI EN 197-1 standard. Mechanical performances of the cement according to the UNI EN 196-1 standard.

main components, mix design, properties of fresh and hardened-state concrete. Tests on fresh concrete in building site, characteristic compressive strength (Rck).

Steel production technology, Fe-C state diagram, thermal treatment of steels, stainless steels.

Polymeric materials
thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers, main properties of polymeric materials.


L: Bertolini – Materiali da costruzione Volume primo – Ed. Città Studi
V. Alunno Rossetti - Il Calcestruzzo. Materiali e Tecnologie - Ed. McGraw-Hill, Milano
W. D. Callister, D. G. Rethwisch – Materials Science and Engineering – Ed. Wiley

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons and exercises.
During the lessons will be carried out exercises of the same type and difficulty than those that will be submitted to the students during the exam.

The modalities of delivery of the lesson (in presence or in mixed mode) will be detailed as soon as possible according to the directives that will be communicated by the University structures.

Assessment methods

The exam takes place through a 60-minute written test, structured in two open questions and a numerical exercise.

Open questions are assigned a maximum score of 11 points, numerical exercise is assigned a maximum score of 8 points for a total score of 30 points .

The exam will focus on the main topics of the lesson.

During the verification test, regardless of whether it is in presence or remotely, the use of books, notes and any type of electronic medium (smartphone, tablet or similar) is not allowed.

Teaching tools

The slides presented in class will be available on the Virtuale online platform.
The teaching material presented in class, even if supplemented by the notes taken in class, is not a substitute for the reference texts.

Office hours

See the website of Alberto Fregni