Course detail

Selected Chapters of Building Materials Technology

FAST-BJB023Acad. year: 2023/2024

The optional subject is a supporting subject for elaborating the bachelor´s tutorial work. The student selects following the theme of assignment of the work one of two basic subjects with technological or application orientation.
The subject summarizes the present knowledge concerning the main technological processes of building materials production. There are discussed the properties of raw materials, the raw materials treatment and processing, possibilities of ecologic utilization of industrial wastes and secondary raw materials, main chemical and technological processes of building materials production, technical parameters, technical parameters of machinery, demands on technical checking of technological processes and the testing of products. Information concerning the topical knowledge of research and development in the field of building materials progressive manufacturing technologies. Possibilities of increasing the effectiveness of processes and of improving the utility properties of products.
The lectures are accompanied with tutorials having laboratory and calculation character. Within the scope of practical exercises an experiments in accordance with the normative documents and legislative directives are also carried out in relation to the common civil engineering. Students meet with most of the laboratory analysis for the first time.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Entry knowledge

Basic knowledge of raw materials and technologies for building materials production.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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


The leaver of the subject obtains knowledge of relevant primary and secondary raw materials for building materials production, the way of their processing and the control of raw materials and of produced products from them. Theoretical knowledge of students are tested and extended within practical exercises.
The student would acquire knowledge on suitable primary and secondary raw materials for the production of construction materials, their processing method and control of raw material properties also from materials prepared from them.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

PYTLÍK, P. SOKOLÁŘ, R. Stavební keramika. Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o., Brno, 2002, ISBN 80-7204-234-3 287 STRAN.

PYTLÍK, P. Technologie betonu. VUTIUM, Brno, 2000, ISBN 80-214-1647-5, 390 stran. (CS)

Recommended reading

POPOVICS, S. Concrete Materials - Properties, Specifications. William Andrew Publishing/Noyes, 1992. ISBN: 0-8155-1308-9.


MEHTA, P. K., MONTEIRO, P. J. M. Concrete: Microstructure, Properties, and Materials. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2013.


STANWIX, W., SPARROW, A. The Hempcrete Book: Designing and Building with Hemp-Lime (Sustainable Building). Green Books, 2014, ISBN 978-0857841209, 368 stran.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-SI Bachelor's

    specialization M , 4. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction into the subject, basic concepts. 2. Raw materials for the production of building materials, classification. 3. Raw materials sources, exploitation, treatment, processing. 4. Main chemico – technological processes of building materials production. 5. Technical parameters of machinery. 6. Demands on technical control of technological processes. 7. Testing of products, methods, necessary equipments, tests evaluation. 8. Relevant legislation concerning the wastes, the present state of production and of wastes processing. Testing of wastes properties. 9. Properties of ecological utilization of industrial wastes and secondary raw materials. Familiarization with already produced materials based on wastes. 10. Monitoring of building materials containing secondary raw materials durability. 11. Recent information concerning the research and development in the area of building materials progressive technologies.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction exercise. Students are introduced with the laboratory procedure and safety. They are introduced with filling exercise and the conditions for obtaining the credit. 2. Determination of basic properties of aggregate. 3. Determination of basic properties of fly ash. 4. Grain size analysis by laser granulometry. 5. Ecological characteristics of secondary raw material. 6. Methods for determination of bulk density, volume weight and specific gravity. 7. Test methods for lime and gypsum. 8. Influence of second type admixture on properties cement composites. 9. Excursion. 10. Methods for determination of microstructure of materials. 11. Credit test, grant of the credit.