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Construction materials: their nature and behaviour - 4th edition
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    Spon Press
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    1, 567
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    Domone P,Illston J
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    materials science, metals and alloys, concrete, bituminous materials, polymers, brickwork, masonry, fibre composites, timber, glass, sustainability
This 4th edition of this popular student textbook has thoroughly revised and extended the previous edition. It provides an understanding of construction materials and how they perform through a knowledge of their chemical and physical structure, thus giving an ability to judge their behaviour in service. As before, an initial fundamentals section (significantly revised) provides the background materials science for the description of the behaviour and properties of each of the major groups of materials which follows. Metals, concrete, bituminous materials, masonry, (including brickwork, blockwork and stonework), polymers, fibre composites and timber are again covered, with a new section on the use of glass as a structural material added. For each group, the structure, deformation, strength and failure, durability, and practice and processing are discussed. Each section, written by an expert in the field, reflects the considerable developments in the understanding of materials’ behaviour and in materials technology in recent years. The drive for sustainability has been the most significant recent development throughout the construction industry. A new section on the aspects of production, selection and use of each of main types of materials that relate to sustainable construction has therefore been added. Also, within each of the individual sections, end-of-life and recycling has been discussed. As with the previous editions the book is primarily intended for undergraduate and graduate students on construction and construction related courses, but will also be of value to professionals in civil and structural engineering and other related disciplines.
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