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. In this new 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.
"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
"The notion of underpinning engineering materials with ‘atomistics’ is well presented and is particularly vital for both understanding and novelty"
-- Adegoke Olubanwo, Coventry University
"The best and most comprehensive textbook on construction materials targeted for undergraduate students following a civil engineering or similar degree programme."
-- Hussain Al Khalid, Liverpool UniversityAbout the Author
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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