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Construction Materials: Their Nature and Behaviour

  • Edited By: Marios Soutsos, Peter Domone
  • ISBN: 9781498741101
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Edition: 5th
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2017
  • Format: Paperback – 864 Pages
  • Language: English


This established textbook provides an understanding of materials’ behaviour through knowledge of their chemical and physical structure. It covers the main classes of construction materials: metals, concrete, other ceramics (including bricks and masonry), polymers, fibre composites, bituminous materials, timber, and glass. It provides a clear and comprehensive perspective on the whole range of materials used in modern construction, to form a must-have for civil and structural engineering students, and those on courses such as architecture, surveying and construction.

It begins with a Fundamentals section followed by a section on each of the major groups of materials.

New to this Edition
  • The section on fibre composites FRP and FRC has been completely restructured and updated.
  • Typical questions with answers to any numerical examples are given at the end of each section, as well as an instructor’s manual with further questions and answers.
  • The links in all parts have also been updated and extended, including links to free reports from The Concrete Centre, as well as other online resources and material suppliers’ websites.
Table of Contents
  1. Part I: Fundamentals Revised and updated by Peter Domone and Marios Soutsos, with acknowledgment to the previous authors Bill Biggs, Ian McColl and Bob Moon
    1. Chapter 1: Atoms, Bonding, Energy and Equilibrium
    2. Chapter 2: Mechanical Properties of Solids
    3. Chapter 3: Structure of Solids
    4. Chapter 4: Fracture and Toughness
    5. Chapter 5: Liquids, Viscoelasticity and Gels
    6. Chapter 7: Electrical and Thermal Properties
    7. Example Questions
    8. Further Reading
  2. Part II: Metals and Alloys Revised and updated Marios Soutsos and Peter Domone, with acknowledgment to the previous authors Bill Biggs, Ian McColl and Bob Moon
    1. Chapter 8: Deformation and Strengthening of Metals
    2. Chapter 9: Forming of Metals
    3. Chapter 10: Oxidation and Corrosion
    4. Chapter 11: Iron and Steel
    5. Chapter 12: Aluminium
    6. Example Questions
    7. Further Reading
  3. Part III: Concrete By Marios Soutsos and Peter Domone
    1. Chapter 13: Portland Cements
    2. Chapter 14: Admixtures
    3. Chapter 15: Additions
    4. Chapter 16: Other Types of Cement
    5. Chapter 17: Aggregates for Concrete
    6. Chapter 18: Properties of Fresh Concrete
    7. Chapter 19: Early Age Properties of Concrete
    8. Chapter 20: Deformation of Concrete
    9. Chapter 21: Strength and Failure of Concrete
    10. Chapter 22: Concrete Mix Design
    11. Chapter 23: Non-Destructive Testing of Hardened Concrete
    12. Chapter 24: Durability of Concrete
    13. Chapter 25: Special Concretes
    14. Chapter 26: Recycling of Concrete
    15. Example Questions
    16. Further Reading
  4. Part IV: Polymers Revised and updated by Vasileios Koutsos with acknowledgement to the previous author Len Holloway
    1. Chapter 27: Polymer Types, Properties and Applications
    2. Further Reading
  5. Part V: Fibre Composites FRP and FRC By Philip Purnell
    1. Chapter 28: Reinforcing Fibre Materials
    2. Chapter 29: Reinforcing Fibre Architecture
    3. Chapter 30: Matrices
    4. Chapter 31: Interfaces and Bonding
    5. Chapter 32: Mechanical Behaviour and Properties of Composites
    6. Chapter 33: Manufacture of Fibre Composites
    7. Chapter 34: Applications of Fibre Composites in Construction.
    8. Chapter 35: Durability
    9. Chapter 36: Recycling
    10. Further Reading
  6. Part VI: Glass By Graham Dodd
    1. Chapter 37: Manufacture and Processing
    2. Chapter 38: Properties and Performance
    3. Chapter 39: Design and Applications
    4. Chapter 40: Service and End of Life
    5. Further Reading
  7. Part VII: Timber By John Dinwoodie
    1. Chapter 41: Structure of Timber and the Presence of Moisture
    2. Chapter 42: Deformation in Timber
    3. Chapter 43: Strength and Failure in Timber
    4. Chapter 44: Durability of Timber
    5. Chapter 45: Processing and Recycling of Timber
    6. Example Questions
    7. Acknowledgment, Further Reading and Sources of Information
  8. Part VIII: Masonry Revised and updated by Paulo B. Lourenço with acknowledgment to the previous author Bob de Vekey
    1. Chapter 46: Materials and Components for Masonry
    2. Chapter 47: Masonry Construction and Forms
    3. Chapter 48: Structural Behaviour and Movement of Masonry
    4. Chapter 49: Non-Structural Physical Properties of Masonry
    5. Chapter 50: Deterioration, Conservation and Strengthening of Masonry
    6. Example Questions
    7. Further Reading and Sources of Information
  9. Part IX: Bituminous Materials By Gordon D. Airey
    1. Chapter 51: Components of Bituminous Materials
    2. Chapter 52: Viscosity, Stiffness and Deformation of Bituminous Materials
    3. Chapter 53: Strength and Failure of Bituminous Materials
    4. Chapter 54: Durability of Bituminous Mixtures
    5. Chapter 55: Design and Production of Bituminous Materials
    6. Chapter 56: Recycling of Bituminous Materials
    7. Example Questions
    8. Further Reading
  10. Part X: Selection and Sustainable Use of Materials By Marios Soutsos and Peter Domone
    1. Chapter 57: Mechanical Properties of Materials
    2. Chapter 58: Sustainability and Construction Materials

“This book is exceptional in both coverage and content.”

– Peter C. Hewlett, Magazine of Concrete Research, June 2018

“A book giving up-to-date comprehensive knowledge on construction materials which will be the first choice book for lecturers teaching construction materials to civil engineering students on UK undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses.”

– Toby Mottram, University of Warwick

“A must have text book for those teaching or studying materials science applied to civil engineering.”

– Juliana Calabria-Holley, University of Bath

“This book is very good for teaching civil and construction engineers students about material science. The text goes from fundamental principles in the first chapters to practical use of the building materials.”

– Eythor Thorhallsson, Reykjavik University

Editor(s) Description

Marios Soutsos is a professor of Structures/Materials at Queen’s University Belfast.

Peter Domone is an honorary senior lecturer at University College London.

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