GITAM University Concrete Technology Syllabus
Portland Cement: Historical note, Chemical composition, Hydration of cement, Setting, Fineness
of cement, Structure of hydrated cement, Tests on properties of cement.
Properties of aggregates: General classification of aggregates, Classification of natural aggregates,
Sampling, Particle shape and texture, Bond of aggregate, Strength of aggregate, Other mechanical
properties of aggregate, Specific gravity, Bulk density, Bulking of fine aggregate, Deleterious
substances in aggregate, Soundness of aggregate, Alkali-silica reaction, Sieve analysis, Grading
requirement, Practical gradings, Grading of fine and coarse aggregates, Maximum aggregate size.
Fresh concrete: Quality of mixing water, Definition of workability, the need for sufficient
workability, Factors affecting workability, Measurement of workability.
Admixtures: Benefits of admixtures, types of admixtures, accelerating admixtures, retarding
admixtures, water-reducing admixtures, Superplasticizer, special admixtures.
Strength of concrete: Water/cement ratio, effect of age on strength of concrete, relation between
compressive and tensile strengths, bond between concrete and reinforcement. Testing of hardened
concrete: Tests for compressive strength, effect of condition of specimen and capping, comparison
of strengths of cubes and cylinders, tests for strength in tension, flexure test, split tension test,
accelerated curing test,
Concretes with particular properties: concrete with different cementatious materials, concrete
containing fly ash, GGBS, silica fume, high performance concrete, properties of aggregate in HPC.
Aspects of HPC in the fresh state, aspects of hardened HPC, durability of HPC, future of HPC.
Selection of concrete mix proportions: IS mix design, ACI mix design of Concrete.
1. A M Neville, Properties of Concrete.
2. M S Shetty, Concrete Technology, S.Chand & Company Ltd., First Edition, Reprint, 2005.
3. P K Mehta, Microstructure of Concrete, Cement Ambuja, 1st edition, June 1997.