Concrete Technology

The Islamic University of Gaza

Faculty of Engineering – Civil Engineering Department

Cement and Concrete Technology) ECIV 3341)

First Semester 2019/2020

Course Outlines 2019-2020

Course Description:  Historical development of cement and concrete. Portland cement; manufacturing, composition, hydration, properties and testing. Mineral aggregates; properties and testing. Mineral admixtures, chemical admixtures, water as a building material, fresh concrete, proportioning concrete mixes, concrete construction practices, curing, response of concrete to stress, testing of hardened concrete, quality control, durability, special types of concrete.

Instructor:          Prof. Mamoun Alqedra, Office:  Room B243

Prerequisites      ECIV 2204, Engineering Geology

Text Book:          Properties of Concrete, by A. M. Neville and J. J. Brooks, 5th edition, Prentice Hall, Oct 1,

                              2012 – Technology & Engineering, 2012.


  1. Neville, A. M. and Brooks J. J ,"Concrete Technology", Prentice Hall, second edition, 2010.
  2. Properties of Concrete, by A. M. Neville and J. J. Brooks, 5th edition, Prentice Hall, Oct 1, 2012 – Technology & Engineering, 2012.
  3. Concrete Technology, by Sidney Mindess, S., Young, J. F., and Darwin, D., Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood cliffs, New Jersey , second Edition, 2003.

Course Aims: the main aim is to familiarize students with physical properties and mechanical behavior of various construction materials with main emphasis being placed on concrete. This includes detailed discussions of concrete constituents: cement, aggregates, water and admixtures. Relevant aspects related to fresh and hardened concrete, i.e. mixing, handling, casting, curing, standards, testing, strength, deformation, durability and quality control are also discussed. Other construction materials discussed in the course include structural steel, timber, Metals and plastics. Special topics and new developments related to the materials used in the construction industry may be reviewed.

Course intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

  1. To understand and apply the properties of the constituent materials of concrete in concrete industry.
  2. To understand and apply fresh concrete properties in producing concrete.
  3. To understand and apply the properties of hardened concrete including strength and durability.
  4. To design concrete mixes and apply statistical quality control techniques to concrete quality.
  5. To know the concepts of the concrete constituents, fresh and hardened concrete laboratory tests (full description is included in Materials Lab. ECIV 3141).

Course Outline:

Allocated hours

Lecture Note




    Introduction to Concrete

Introduction: constituents, advantages, limitations and applications, types



Portland Cement

Cement: raw materials, manufacture, composition and types, special cements, hydration, tests of cement, paste and mortar.



Aggregates for concrete

Aggregates: classification, physical properties, mechanical properties, Deleterious Substances, grading requirements.



Mixing Water

Mixing water: mixing and curing requirements, tests.



Admixtures for Concrete

Admixtures: definition, classification and types of admixtures.



Fresh Concrete

Fresh concrete: properties, workability, segregation, bleeding, concrete production and tests.



Mix design

Mix design: influencing factors, various methods of mix proportioning and design of normal strength concrete including prescriptive, standard and designed mixes.  



Hardened Concrete

Hardened Concrete: Mechanical properties, destructive and non-destructives tests, creep, shrinkage, chemical durability, physical durability.



Acceptance and Evaluation of Hardened Concrete new

Acceptance and Evaluation of Hardened Concrete



Course Conduct:  

Midterm Exam:                          30 marks

Final Exam:                                70 marks




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