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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
  Jan 16, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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AE 1231 - Building Construction Materials

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course is a study of the properties of construction materials, methods of manufacturing and installation. Materials include wood, steel, concrete, masonry, asphalt and gypsum as components of architectural engineering. A laboratory reinforces the principles presented in lecture. (prereq: one year high school chemistry)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the unique origins, chemistry, properties, standards, construction industry applications and trade organizations specific to the materials used in the construction industry. Materials include aggregates, cement, concrete, masonry, wood, steel, aluminum, asphalt, polymers, plastics and composites
  • Design and execute laboratory experiments that test the physical properties of construction materials as they relate to performance within industry
  • Develop research and communication skills that will enable them to access technical information on materials, evaluate that information for quality, summarize findings concisely, and communicate those findings both in writing and orally
  • Assemble a portfolio of information that has the potential to be a useful resource on materials throughout their academic career at MSOE and beyond

Prerequisites by Topic
  • One year of high school chemistry

Course Topics
  • Course Introduction (1 hour)
  • Materials Engineering Concepts (2 hours)
  • Nature of Materials (3 hours)
  • Aggregates (1 hour)
  • Portland Cement (2 hours)
  • Concrete (3 hours)
  • Masonry (1 hour)
  • Wood (2 hours)
  • Steel (1 hour)
  • Aluminum (1 hour)
  • Asphalt (1 hour)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Composites (1 hour)
  • Research Paper Requirements (3 hours)
  • Final Paper Presentations (3 hours)
  • Assessment (5 hours)

Laboratory Topics
  • Safety (1/2 hour)
  • Density of Materials (1.5 hours)
  • Tensile Testing (1.5 hours)
  • Creep Testing (1/2 hour)
  • Aggregate Testing (2 hours)
  • Sieve Analysis (2 hours)
  • Concrete Proportioning (2 hours)
  • Concrete Mixing (2 hours)
  • Concrete Compression Testing (5 hours)
  • Wood Lab Design and Testing (3 hours)

DeAnna Leitzke

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