A) Description of theoretical part
A. Materials Technology (by material)
– Material production, component construction, treatment / shaping / formation, incorporation in the project, properties of construction stage and of use stage, standardization and classification of material based on its properties, durability.
– Correlation of material behavior (i.e. properties) with its structure and the treatment / process that the material is subjected to after each stage of production, shaping / formation, ready for use, long term use.
– Interdependent changes / modifications of the material properties and structure after treatment / process, either mechanical or environmental stress imposed deliberately / scheduled or caused by failure. Pathology, prevention and treatment of the construction due to material failure and way of use.
B. Quality Control (by material)
– Standardization (standards, specifications, regulations, guidelines and codes of practice) of:
1. Definitions and Nomenclature (material / properties / treatments / methods).
2. Material, instrumentation, standard specimen.
3. Methods of sampling and testing.
4. Setup and calibration of instruments
5. Methods of material application and use (treatments, processes).
6. Statistical criteria of conformity assessment (of production or of batch).
– Criteria of selection or of study and design of material or of its composition.
– Compliance criteria of initial (trial) production and continuous production.
– Compliance criteria of batch, dispute process, retesting, rejection and restoration.
B) Description of laboratory part (syllabus) (by material):
A. Setup and calibration of instruments / testing equipment and standards of:
1. Aggregates (scales, weights, mesh sieves, thermometers and dryers).
2. Reinforcing steel (hardness testers, standard hardness testing specimens, microscope eyepiece scales, thermometers and thermocouples).
3. Concrete (volumetric container and air entrainment sphygmomanometer, caliper, concrete specimens moulds, loads of compressive strength machine for concrete, impact tester).
B. Applications of standard sampling methods and quality control testing
Assessment of accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility.
1. Aggregates (Sampling, sample size reduction, filler after washing and total, particle size distribution by sieve analysis and by filler particle sedimentation, fineness modulus, apparent and mixed relative density, water absorption, apparent weight, sand equivalent, Methylene Blue test, soundness by use of magnesium sulfate).
2. Reinforcing Steel (hardness testing and metallography along a diameter of the cross section in commercial steel in natural state and after thermal annealing, quenching and improvement treatments, grain size, tension under static loading, proportionality / elastic / yield / fracture limits, engineering strain either conventional or at maximum load, hardening ratio, toughness of static and dynamic loading, bending, rebending).
3. Concrete (sampling, temperature, workability, apparent weight and air entrainment of fresh concrete, conventional compressive strength, non-destructive methods, impact test, ultrasound).
4. Cement (setting time, fineness, specific gravity, specific surface, compressive stress to fracture, volume stability of ring and autoclave).
C. Material design and treatments
1. Concrete: Design, research and laboratory control of mix design of concrete. Laboratory and worksite admixtures. Admixture uniformity and uniform production (of admixture).
2. Reinforcing Steel: Heat treatment of reinforcing steel (annealing and improvement). Work hardening of reinforcing steel, effects on properties.
D. Statistical Analysis and processing of actual results in factory self test of production (concrete and reinforcing steel).
Application of compliance criteria of product in period of self test and batch delivery.
Estimation of the distribution curve and its utilization in material design and production.