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CE   304

Properties and Testing of Concrete

Department of Civil Engineering

King Saud University

Course Description:

CE 304: Properties and Testing of Concrete

 (Required for a BSCE degree)


Cement: manufacture, types, properties, special cements, tests. Aggregates: types, properties, grading, tests. Mixing water and introduction to admixtures, Concrete: proportions, mixing, handling, placing, fresh and hardened properties, tests, curing. 2 (1,0,2)


CE 302 (Mechanics of Materials)

Course learning Objectives

Students completing this course successfully will be able to

1.        Understand basic properties of freshly and hardened concrete.

2.        Know different types and properties of concrete making materials including cement, aggregates, water and admixtures. 

3.        Understand different laboratory tests for freshly and hardened concrete and interpret the data. 

4.        Design of concrete mixture, including trial mix design.

5.        Understand hot weather concreting.

6.         Write reports on field visits to cement factories, buildings under construction.

7.         Improve the communication skills, including reading, writing, oral presentations.

8.         Use Commercial and educational mix design software

Topics Covered

1.    Fundamental of Concrete (1 hr.)

2.    Portland Cements: Manufacture, Chemical composition, Types, physical properties, Special cements (3 hrs).

3.    Aggregates: Types, grading, properties and quality tests (3 hrs).

4.    Mixing Water for Concrete (1 hr).

5.    Introduction to admixture, (1 hr).

6.    Proportioning Normal Concrete Mixtures: Selecting Mix Characteristics (strength, durability, water-cement ratio, Aggregates, Cement content, Slump and Admixtures), Examples of Mixture Proportioning (3 hrs).

7.    Batching, Mixing, Placing and Curing of Concrete (2 hr).

8.    Introduction to Hot-weather concreting (1 hr).

Class/ Laboratory  Schedule

One hour lecture session and two hours laboratory session per week.

Computer Applications

Commercial and educational mix design software are encouraged to be used during the course.




Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component

1.    Students learn how to select and design concrete mixtures according to local and international standards.

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 are able to identify and formulate an engineering problem and to develop a solution.

2.    Students recognize the importance of selecting and in designing concrete mixture.

3.    Students recognize their role with an engineering team carrying other aspects for concrete, in terms of selecting concrete constituents and the interaction of decisions made by various architectural and engineering teams.

4.    Students are encouraged to recognize the different types of concrete and their range of applications.

5.    Students recognize the ethical and professional responsibility in achieving accurate concrete mix design for safe and economical design, and its impact on the well-being of the society.

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

7.    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.

8.    Students recognize the important role of computers in facilitating analysis and design of freshly mixed concrete.

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


Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material

"Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures”, 14th Edition, Portland Cement Association, by Steven H. Kosmatka et al., 2002, USA.


 Dr. Abdulrahman Alhozaimy,  Office No. 2A 62




Grade Distribution

 Mid-term Exams                                    35%

Lab Work (Attendance + Reports)            15%

Final Exam                                             50%



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