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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5926M Deterioration and Maintenance of Concrete Structures (MSc)

15 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Professor I G Richardson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a good honours degree in Civil Engineering or cognate discipline

This module is not approved as an Elective


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have acquired the following:
1. understanding of the most common forms of deterioration to which concrete structures are vulnerable;
2. knowledge of a range of investigative techniques that may be used to identify such forms of deterioration;
3. awareness of a range of remedial measures that may be used to combat such deterioration.


General introduction to concrete-constituent materials, microstructural features, transport properties. Corrosion principles and their application to steel in concrete. Diagnosis and remedial treatment of steel corrosion in reinforced concrete. Alkali-aggregate reaction - nature, identification and control. Forms of sulphate attack-indentification and treatment. Physical forms of degradation. Products and systems for repair and protection of concrete structures. Whole-life costing of repairs. Repair specification. Bills of quantities. On site supervision and quality control.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Case Study22.004.00
Private study hours116.50
Total Contact hours33.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,000 word case study report20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Coursework to be submitted 6 weeks after delivery of the module. Resit 100% online time-limited assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Resit 100% exam

Reading list

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Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:56


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