Transformation in SE Education
Full Session with Abstracts
339351-2 - Embedding Emerging Materials in Undergraduate and Graduate Materials and Structures Courses
Friday, April 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
New Jersey Institute of Technology
The use of emerging, sustainable, and re-engineered construction materials has become more commonplace in civil infrastructure and construction applications. Despite the increasing use of such materials, they are not typically covered in depth in undergraduate or graduate structural and materials engineering courses. This paper explores the use of embedding the performance, use, and design with emerging and sustainable construction materials.
In this paper, the authors examine how they have incorporated emerging materials in courses on civil engineering materials, reinforced concrete design, and sustainable civil engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Emerging materials are discussed along with their more traditional counter-parts. For example, new ettringite-based cements are discussed as a way to create rapid-hardening repair materials that allow for rapid construction, fiber-reinforced polymers are presented as a means to structural reinforcement and retrofit, and new wood based products are embedded in discussions on sustainable material manufacturing and structural design. At the graduate level, emerging materials have been embedded into a concrete durability course where “Alternative Cements” are presented to teach students about rapid repair materials and their long-term properties. The use of fiber-reinforced concrete as a means to reinforced concrete flexural design, strut-and-tie modeling, and earthquake-resistant design are also discussed.
Through qualitative assessment methods, the authors evaluate the efficacy of students’ ability to describe the application and design-principles of emerging, sustainable, and re-engineered civil infrastructure materials in the context of structural engineering. Methods for delivering content and evaluating student knowledge on emerging materials in undergraduate and graduate courses are discussed.