Course detail

Plastics in the Building Industry

FAST-1J1Acad. year: 2020/2021

The tuition renders a complex survey about plastics produce at home and abroad, briefly discusses the production of these materials and especially the properties and the utilization in building work. The stress is laid to new plastics with maximal length of life. Among others cellulose, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyesters, polytetrafluorethylen - teflon, products of PVC, polyamide, polystyrene will be discussed and epoxy resins, polyesters, polyurethane, modern acrylic polymers, polyacrilate and silicones as well. The subject makes the student acquainted with the possibility of plastics added into cement mortars and concrete, but the main stress is laid to the rehabilitation of building structures, which is a t the time being a very actual problem in building industry.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


basic knowledge of basic and physical chemistry, chemical bonds, kinetics of chemical reactions, thermochemistry, phase balances, dispersion systems, dissociation, pH value.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Drochytka, R.: Plastické látky ve stavebnictví. VUT v Brně, FAST 2007
Couzens, E.G.,Yarsley, V.E.: Plastics in the Modern Word. 1.ed. Harmonworth 1968
Mleziva, J: Polymery-výroba, struktura, vlastnosti a použití. Sobotáles, Praha 1993

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1.Outline of plastics produced in our country and in abroad, classification.
2.Production of plastics. New plastics with maximum service life.
3.Properties of plastics.
4.Cellulose, polyethylene.
5.Polypropylene, PIB and polytetrafluorethylene- Teflon.
6.PVC, production, properties, utilization. PC and C.
7.Polyamides, polystyrene.
8.Epoxy resins.
11.Acrylated polymeres – polyacrylates.
12.Other used polymers (furan resins, phenoplasts, aminoplasts etc.)
13.Silicones. Possibilities of plastics utilization (into cement mortars and concrete, paints, glues etc.), liquidation of polymers.


The aim of teaching is to present a complex survey of plastics produced in our country and abroad. Accent is laid on new plastics with maximal time of life. The subject informs about the possibility of plastics added into cement mortars and concrete – main accent is laid on rehabilitation of concrete structures.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer