Civil engineers are often responsible for specifying, designing and manufacturing the materials with which they build their structures. Studies in construction materials are intended to make structural, transportation and foundation engineers aware of the fundamental properties of the materials they use.
Construction Materials has long been a strength of CEE at Illinois. Faculty in this area are leaders in concrete research, and they work with O'Hare International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Illinois Department of Transportation. The Concrete Canoe competition, now famous at universities across the nation, was founded at the University of Illinois by CEE Professor Emeritus Clyde Kesler as a unique way to teach his students about construction materials.
The research interests of the Construction Materials faculty include:
- composition and performance of cementitious materials
- microstructure and nanostructure of cementitious materials
- shrinkage, creep and thermal change of concrete
- non-destructive testing, sensing and imaging for construction materials and structures
- performance of alternative binders
- durability and sustainability of construction materials
- rheologic properties of fresh mixtures
CEE Construction Materials Curriculum