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CE 477

Concrete Technology

Department of Civil Engineering

King Saud University

Course Description:

CE 477 Concrete Technology (Required for a BSCE degree)

Chemical composition of Portland cement, structure of hydrated cement paste, admixtures, properties of fresh concrete, hot weather concreting, Influence of curing, durability of concrete, quality of concrete and compliance with specifications, Group project. 3 (3, 1, 0)


CE 304 (Properties and Testing of Concrete)


1.       Portland Cements: Manufacture, Chemical composition, Types, physical properties, Special cements

2.       Types of Aggregates, grading, properties and quality tests

3.       Introduction to admixture

4.      Proportioning Normal Concrete Mixtures, Batching, Mixing, Placing and Curing of Concrete

Course Learning Objectives

Students completing this course successfully will be able to

1.       Understand the chemical composition and hydration of Portland cement and appreciate interaction between the microstructure and concrete properties.

2.       Understand and apply code requirements of durability for the design and construction of concrete structures.

3.       Assess the quality of concrete and compliance with specifications.

4.       Supervise concrete production, handling, pouring and finishing operation under various weather conditions particularly hot weather.

5.       Understand and relate the course content with the practical aspects through fields visits (cement factories, ready mix and precast plants).

6.       Apply statistical tools to analyze data using computer software.

7.       Encourage the students to conduct experiments in groups to study various parameters related to concrete.

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


Topics Covered

1.    Chemical composition of Portland cement and their characteristics

2.    Structure of hydrated cement paste (hydration products, voids and properties)

3.    Admixtures for concrete

4.    Properties of fresh concrete (workability, slump loss, segregation, bleeding)

5.    Curing of concrete

6.    Hot weather and its impact on fresh and hardened concrete properties with emphasis on plastic shrinkage and control of concrete temperature

7.    Durability of concrete (basic concept & durability requirements, permeability, chemical attacks and corrosion of steel in concrete)

8.    Quality concrete and compliance with specifications.


Class/ tutorial  Schedule

Class is held three times per week in 50-minute lecture sessions. There is also a 50-minute weekly tutorial associated with this course.

Computer Applications


Analysis of test data using EXCEL and presentation using PowerPoint.



A project for collecting information for better understanding of concrete technology is offered for students in groups during the course, to extent their knowledge by self-learning. A written report and oral presentation is required.

Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component

1.      Students learn the properties of fresh, hardened and microstructure of concrete that affects the concrete durability of structures.

2.      Students are able to supervise concrete production, handling, pouring and finishing operation under various weather conditions particularly hot weather.

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

4.      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 selecting and designing concrete mixtures with various additives.

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

3.    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.

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

5.    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.

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

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

Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material

1.    Concrete (Second Edition) by S. Mindess, J.F. Young and D. Darwin, Prentice-Hall Inc. NJ.

2.    Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures by Steven Kosmatka and William Panares, 14th edition, PCA, USA..

3.    Concrete Technology by A. M. Neville and J. J. Brooks, Longman limited, England


Dr. Abdulrahman M. Alhozaimy,  Office No. 2A 62



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