Cement Chemistry and Technology (MAT 423)

2020 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Mehmet Ali Gülgün m-gulgun@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Raw materials for cement manufacturing, mining and raw material handling, kiln feed preparations, kiln reactions, and problems with kiln operations, clinker phases and their properties, conversion of clinker to cement powder, cement hydration reactions, hydrated microstructure, cement paste behavior, rheology and strength development, concrete and concrete ingredients, properties of aggregates, concrete durability and issues with durability, speciality cements and speciality concrete, new applications with concrete


the students who take this Cement Chemistry and Technology course are expected to have been informed about the historical development of this very important construction material which has single handedly provided the cradle for civilization, hence the name of the engineering
related to construction is called civil engineering.
in early weeks of the course, the students are exposed to phase composition of cementitious materials
throughout the history. The students are expected to master the phase composition and production of
today's ordinary portland cement and calcium aluminate cements.
Raw materials commonly used as well as alternative greener raw materials for cementitious binders are introduced.
In the core of the semester, the students of the course are enlightened about the room temperature cementitious reactions of
this magic binder. Hydration leading to a hydraulic binder is emphasized and detailed.
in the last section of the course is devoted to concrete, the composite building materials. The students are exposed how
concrete's composition is designed according to environmental and service requirements of the constructions.
The course exposes the students also to a real production facility for cement manufacture and concrete batching facilities during a day trip to AkCanSA cement factory visit.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others.

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice.

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects.

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means.

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems.

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively.

4. Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose.

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas.

6. Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development.

7. Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools.

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems.

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa.


  Percentage (%)
Midterm 70
Exam 30