Course Overview

Modular Certification Course
3+ months

This module will provide students with knowledge of advanced mechanics of materials, including the principal stresses and strains in 2D and 3D state; failure criteria to judge the failure conditions and fundamental concept for fatigue and facture of metals.

  • Several emerging materials suitable for civil engineering projects will also be introduced.
  • In-depth knowledge will be provided for advanced fiber reinforced plastics and their application; high performance concrete, low embodied carbon concrete and steel fiber reinforced concrete; as well as high strength reinforcement bars and modern high performance structural steels
  • Students will learn the manufacturing technology, mechanical properties, applications and issues with those emerging materials.

Who Should Attend

  • Civil Engineers, Site Engineers, Field Engineers, Project Engineers
  • Construction Managers
  • Candidates should possess a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering

What You Will Learn

Advanced Mechanics of Materials

  • Understand the principal stresses and strains in 2D and 3D state
  • Be able to apply the common failure criteria to judge the failure condition of various materials
  • Be able to assess the fatigue and fracture resistance of steel structures

Fiber reinforced plastics

  • Understand the mechanical properties of fiber reinforced plastics in comparison to metals and be able to tailor the mechanics properties for stiffness and strength

Concrete material

  • Understand the properties of concrete constituent materials, fresh and hardened concrete, high performance concrete, and steel fiber reinforced concrete
  • Understand the concept of embodied carbon and cement replacement materials for sustainable construction

High performance steel

  • Understand the manufacturing technologies and behaviour of modern high performance structural steels, steel-concrete compatibility and the effects of welding on the mechanical properties.

Teaching Team

Zhao Mingshan
Zhao Mingshan

Assistant Professor, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Christopher York
Christopher York

Associate Professor/Prog Leader, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Week Topic
Week 1 Stress and strain analysis in 2D and 3D state
Week 2 Failure Criteria
Week 3 Stress concentration, fatigue, and fracture mechanics
Week 4 Introduction to fiber reinforced plastics
Week 5 Fiber reinforced plastics properties in comparison to metals
Week 6 Mechanical tailoring of FRP properties for strength and stability
Week 7 Break
Week 8 Concrete constituent materials; properties of fresh concrete; hydration and microstructure formation of concrete
Week 9 Durability of concrete; embodied carbon; cement replacement materials for sustainable construction
Week 10 Evaluation of concrete structures; high performance concrete; steel fiber reinforced concrete
Week 11 Steel-concrete compatibility; high strength reinforcement bars for RC structures
Week 12 High performance structural steels; effects of welding; fatigue resistance
Week 13 Latest development of construction materials

Total course contact hours: 36 hours.

Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of the module; and
  • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment during the course

A Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of the module; and
  • Undertake and pass credit bearing assessment during the course

Fee Structure

The full fee for this course is S$3,606.88.

Note: Fees above include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the prerequisite knowledge for the course?

    Students should be familiar with basic geotechnical engineering design methods and rules from Eurocodes.

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    Is any software required for the course?

    Any analysis software used will be provided as part of the course.