Course Details

Chemistry of Building Materials

Academic Year 2024/25

NCB008 course is part of 1 study plan

NPC-SIK Summer Semester 1st year

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4 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, elective


1. Kinetics of chemical reaction. Thermal balance of chemical reaction. 2. Methods for the investigation of building materials - chemical and structural analysis. 3. Water – structure, ionization, pH, substances content in water, and their effect on building materials. Porosity of building materials. Transport of water and salts. 4. Chemistry of gypsum and anhydrite binders, properties of hardened gypsum, and degradation. 5. Chemistry of lime binders, plasters and mortars, degradation, renovation of plasters. 6. Degradation of ceramics – composition, porous structure, crystallization pressure of salts in pores. Chemistry of glass, and corrosion. 7. Chemistry of cement and concrete. Composition, properties, hydration, hydration heat, water-to-cement ratio. 8. Chemical admixtures affecting the properties of building materials. 9. Degradation processes in concrete caused by atmosphere and aggressive solutes. Chemical properties of aggregates in concrete, degrading processes. Stability and degradation of fibre reinforcement. 10. CHemical and electrochemical properties of metals, corrosion of metals. Corrosion of steel reinforcement in concrete. 11. Chemical composition of wood, wood properties, degradation of wood. 12. Chemistry of polymers based on carbon and silicon chains. Degradation of polymers. 13. Basic mechanical properties of building materials in relation to the chemical basis.


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


Introduction to practice, safety of laboratory work, fire prevention Salinity of masonry, adjustment of salts and deep of penetrating into testing material Water, determination of ions in water, argentometric determination of chlorides Binders, adjustment the type of binder according to present elements, deetrminatio of sulphste in solution Analysis of cement, decomposition of cement, determination of MnO in blended cement Analysis of cement, determination of CaO and MgO, decomposition of sample for determination of sulphates, determination of SiO2 Analysis of cement, determination of Fe2O3 and Al2O3, filtration of precipitate of BaSO4 Analysis of cement, determination of TiO2 and P2O5, annealing of precipitate of BaSO4 Corrosion of concrete, determination of Ca(OH)2 in cement pastes, adjustment of carobated and non-carbonated cement paste Determination of aggressive CO2 in water, determination of ammonium ions in water Silicium, preparing of silicium using magnesium as reducing agent, solubility of silicium in alkaline solutions, preparation of borosilicate glass Supervision of protocols, credit.