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How a material becomes a product

  • Course code: FBOM080
  • Course higher education credits: 2.5
  • Graduate school: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Course is normally given: Contact Angela Sasic Kalagasidis,
  • Language: The course will be given in English
Content and objectives
The building industry generally has few proven and cost-effective technologies for energy efficient building envelopes. Emerging class of novel materials and material combinations open possibilities for lighter, thinner or more durable building envelopes than the ordinary available solutions, while providing all base functions as the ordinary ones. The journey that a novel material needs to pass from a research lab to become a product at the market is long. A lack of knowledge and apparent risks of implementing insufficiently tested materials prevent their development and implementation in novel building envelopes.

The main objective of this course is to address overall technical characteristics and performance of novel materials, i.e. the knowledge that needs to be built-up before materials are placed on the market as products.

The course is the first out of four parts of a forum for knowledge building and exchange of expertise across the research disciplines gathered within the theme Building System Design and Performance of the Swedish Universities of the Built Environment. Other parts include: Design for moisture safety and avoidance of water damages, Improved sound insulation performance with new materials and building systems and Techniques and tools for fire safety and moisture protection of materials and components.

Specific tasks include:
  • Literature survey about novel materials
  • Selection of 'promising' examples for the application in building envelopes
  • Design of benchmarks showing possible applications of the selected materials in buildings
  • Establishment of performance criteria for the overall technical characterization of novel materials based on product declarations
  • Collection of appropriate examples of interdisciplinary test methods
  • Consolidation of theories of physical processes that these tests are based on
  • Development of a grading method for an integral assessment of safety, health and functional qualities of novel materials
  • Design of a road map 'from a research laboratory to a product at the mark
  • To acquaint students with the process of product development
  • To promote interdisciplinary approach in research
  • To practise organization and supervision of research projects

Graduate students in building technology, teachers and industry professionals

Instruction and practice in oral and written communication with class mates from different research fields help students to understand interfaces between research disciplines. By investigating how to use new technical solutions in a (fictitious) building project, students gain knowledge about the requirements needed for the development of product standard and verification of product performance. The course ends in the completion of a book chapter entitled 'How a material becomes a product' in a forthcoming textbook that will be prepared within Swedish Universities of the Built Environment. The produced book chapter will be used as course literature in the following parts of the programme.

To pass the course the student must perform the homework and a project task and to attend the workshop. All must be documented and accepted.

Enquiry about the next course should be made by e - mail to Enter the name, address, telephone, e - mail address and affiliation.

Course organizer
Division of Building technology
Chalmers University of Technology
S-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
Building regulations, textbooks, articles, internet sources from own area of expertise.
Professor Angela Sasic Kalagasidis, Chalmers
More information, +46 31 772 1998

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