Construction Materials: Their Nature and Behaviour / Edition 4

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So far in the twenty-first century, there have been many developments in our understanding of materials' behaviour and in their technology and use. This new edition has been expanded to cover recent developments such as the use of glass as a structural material. It also now examines the contribution that material selection makes to sustainable construction practice, considering the availability of raw materials,
production, recycling and reuse, which all contribute to the life cycle assessment of structures. As well as being brought up-to-date with current usage and performance standards, each section now also contains an extra chapter on recycling.

Covers the following materials:

  • metals
  • concrete
  • ceramics (including bricks and masonry)
  • polymers
  • fibre composites
  • bituminous materials
  • timber
  • glass.

This new edition maintains our familiar and accessible format, starting with fundamental principles and continuing with a section on each of the major groups of materials. It gives you a clear and comprehensive perspective on the whole range of materials used in modern construction. A must have for Civil and Structural engineering students, and for students of architecture, surveying or construction on courses which require an understanding of materials.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Some of the civil engineering and architecture schools, however, now have less dedicated courses in materials and a significant part of the required materials knowledge is provided within other courses. A textbook such as this will hence not only be useful as a reference book for a number of these courses, but will also be helpful in providing a unified perspective to students learning about materials under these conditions."
—D. Gunaratnam, Architectural Science Review

Praise for Previous Editions

"Comprehensive and entirely appropriate for our students. Recommended reading." —Lecturer in Architectural Technology, London Southbank University

"A broad-based, yet sufficiently deep materials book to cover most undergraduate materials needs."
—Lecturer in Construction Materials, Kingston University, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415465168
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Domone is Senior Lecturer in Concrete Technology at University College London with extensive experience teaching materials courses to first, second and third year civil engineering undergraduates.

John Illston is a retired Civil Engineer and Lecturer.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals
Revised and updated by Peter Domone, with acknowledgements to the previous authors, Bill Biggs, Ian McColl and Bob Moon
Atoms, Bonding, Energy and Equilibrium
Mechanical Properties of Solids
The Structure of Solids
Fracture and toughness
Liquids, Viscoelasticity and Gels
Electrical and Thermal Properties
Further Reading for Part 1

Part 2 Metals and Alloys
Revised and updated by Peter Domone, with acknowledgements to the previous authors, Bill Biggs, Ian McColl and Bob Moon
Deformation and Strengthening of Metals
Forming of Metals
Oxidation and Corrosion
Iron and Steel
Further reading for Part 2

Part 3 Concrete
Peter Domone
Portland cements 87
Admixtures 99
Other types of cement
Aggregates for concrete
Properties of fresh concrete
Early age properties of concrete
Deformation of concrete
Strength and failure of concrete
Concrete mix design
Non-destructive testing of hardened concrete
Durability of concrete
Special concretes
Recycling of concrete
Further reading for Part 3

Part 4 Bituminous materials
Gordon Airey
Components of bituminous materials
Viscosity, stiffness and deformation of bituminous materials
Strength and failure of bituminous materials
Durability of bituminous structures
Design and production of bituminous materials
Recycling of bituminous materials
Further reading for Part 4

Part 5 Masonry: Brickwork, blockwork and stonework
Bob de Vekey
Materials and Components for Masonry
Masonry Construction and Forms
Structural Behaviour and Movement of Masonry
Non-Structural Physical Properties of Masonry
Deterioration and Conservation of Masonry
Further Reading for Part 5

Part 6 Polymers
Len Hollaway
Polymers: Types, Properties and Applications

Part 7 Fibre Composites
Section 1: Polymer Composites
Len Hollaway
Fibres for Polymer Composites
Analysis of the Behaviour of Polymer Composites
Manufacturing Techniques for Polymer Composites Used in Construction
Durability and design of polymer composites
Applications of FRP Composites in Civil Engineering
Section 2: Fibre-Reinforced Cements and Concrete
Phil Purnell
Terminology for FRC
Component Materials
Interface and Bonding
Reinforcement Layouts
Mechanical behaviour of FRC
Manufacturing of FRC
Durability and Recycling

Part 8 Timber
John Dinwoodie
Structure of Timber and the Presence of Moisture
Deformation in Timber
Strength and Failure in Timber
Durability of Timber
Processing and Recycling of Timber
Further Reading for Part 8

Part 9 Glass
Graham Dodd
Manufacture and Processing
Properties and Performance
Design and applications
Service and End of Life

Part Selection and sustainable use of construction materials
Peter Domone
Mechanical Properties of Materials
Sustainability and Construction Materials
Further Reading for Part

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