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CE 303

Properties and Testing of Materials

Department of Civil Engineering

King Saud University

Course Description:

CE 303 Properties and Testing of Materials

 (Required for a BSCE degree)

Engineering materials (general properties, testing and specifications), Mechanical behaviour (stress-strain diagram), Causes and types of failure (i.e. fatigue, creep, buckling, etc.), Statistical evaluation and data presentation, Properties of bricks and plastics.  2 (1,0,2)



CE 302 (Mechanics of Materials), Prerequisite by


1.   Determining the area properties of various cross sections.

2.   Understanding stress-strain relationship – normal stresses.

3.   Understanding of equilibrium equations to analyze engineering problems.


Course learning Objectives

Students completing this course successfully will be able to

1.         Understand the mechanical properties of traditional materials related to civil engineering applications

2.         Understand the behaviour of materials in terms of stress-strain relationship

3.         Understand method of testing and synthesis and interpretation of test results

4.         Introduce various standards and specifications related to engineering materials and testing.

5.         Apply statistical tools to analyze data using computer software

6.         Understand the causes and types of failure due to fatigue, creep, buckling

7.         Introduce the new materials used for construction and repair

8.         Write and analyze test results carried out in the laboratory


Topics Covered

1.    Properties and testing of engineering materials (3 hours),

2.    Mechanical behaviour (stress-strain diagram), (3 hours),

3.    Standards and specifications (2 hours),

4.    Causes and types of failure (i.e. fatigue, creep, buckling, etc.)  (2 hours),

5.  Statistical evaluation and data presentation,  (4 hours),

Class/ tutorial  Schedule

Lecturer is held once in a week 50-minute each session.

Lab is held twice in a week 50-minute each session.

Computer Applications

MS word and Excel



Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component

1.    Students learn the behaviour of traditional and new materials and their relevant properties for the use in civil engineering construction purposes.

2.    Students improve their writing, communication and presentation skills.

3.    Students recognize the role of professional societies in developing codes and standards and updating current knowledge.


Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

1.       Students recognize the importance of various materials related to civil engineering

2.       Students recognize their role with an engineering team carrying other aspects for construction, in terms of choosing the materials and the interaction of decisions made by various architectural and engineering teams.

3.       Students are encouraged to recognize the different types of materials and their range of applications.

4.       Students recognize the ethical and professional responsibility in achieving materials for safe and economical design, and its impact on the well-being of the society.

5.       Students recognize the need for technical updating on a continuing basis, since the course emphasizes on the changing nature of software, codes and specifications.

6.       Students recognize the importance of reading and understanding technical contents in English in order to achieve life–long learning and be able to carryout their responsibilities.

7.       Students recognize the important role of computers in facilitating analysis of material properties.

8.       Students are encouraged to improve their writing, communication and presentation skills.


Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material

1.     The Testing of Engineering Materials, by Harmer E. Davis et al. Fourth edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, U.S.A

2.     Properties Evaluation, and Control of Engineering Materials by William A. Cordon, McGraw-Hill.

Prepared by

Dr. Saleh Alsayed and Dr. Abdulrahman Alhozaimy

Date of Preparation

May, 28th, 2006



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