Approaches to Teaching Cement Hydration Processes to Undergraduate Students

Lisa E. Burris, Kenneth C. Hover, Anton K. Schindler, Aleksandra Radlińska

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Abstract

Concrete continues to be the most widely used material in the world, second only to water. Concrete is used in most civil infrastructure systems, but it often remains inadequately understood by the profession. For civil engineers to adapt to a world requiring ever-increasing efficiency, durability, and sustainability, and in which novel material formulations and products are introduced monthly, engineers must be able to make decisions as to the acceptability of these materials, and their effect on the performance of civil infrastructure. Essential to that ability is students’ understanding of the basics of cement hydration and its relationship to property development in the fresh and hardened concrete state. Towards that goal, this paper presents the basics of cement hydration, resources for learning more about the subject, and approaches to transferring knowledge to undergraduate-level students, through both lecture- and lab-based activities. Topics addressed include prioritization of topics for undergraduate civil engineering students to learn with regards to cement hydration processes, approaches to effective teaching of these topics including active learning in the classroom and laboratory, as well as knowledge exchange strategies, assessment techniques, and lessons learned from past experiences teaching these topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBest Practices and Lessons Learned for Teaching Concrete Materials and Reinforced Concrete 2021
EditorsBenjamin Dymond, J. Chris Carroll
PublisherAmerican Concrete Institute
Pages18-38
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781641952361
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
EventBest Practices and Lessons Learned for Teaching Concrete Materials and Reinforced Concrete 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Oct 17 2021Oct 21 2021

Publication series

NameAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
VolumeSP-359
ISSN (Print)0193-2527

Conference

ConferenceBest Practices and Lessons Learned for Teaching Concrete Materials and Reinforced Concrete 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/17/2110/21/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science

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