Course detail

Theoretical Basics of Special Building Materials

FAST-NJB042Acad. year: 2020/2021

Water and its influence on building materials, interface between different phases, surface tension, surface adsorption and desorption, sorption isotherm, dispersions, associative colloids, rheological properties of dispersion systems, surfactants – influence on building materials, metakaolin, fly ash, slag, water glass, alkali-activated slag, geopolymers.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Basics of general and inorganic chemistry, chemical composition of building materials, chemical nomenclature, chemistry and technology of binders.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1. Water – properties and its influence on building materials.
2. Interface between phases, surface tension, adsorption.
3. Heterogeneous dispersions – stability, rheology.
4. Surfactants – plasticizers, foaming and defoaming agents, air entraining agents, shrinkage reducing admixtures.
5. Alkali-activated aluminosilicates – raw materials.
6. Alkali-activators – water glass, properties.
7. Slag – physico chemical properties a mineralogical composition.
8. Alkali-activated slag.
9. Geopolymers.
10. Slag-sulfated cement and slag-lime cement.


Not applicable.

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.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPC-SIM Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer