This book is the definitive reference source for professionals involved in the conception, design and specification stages of a construction project. The theory and practical aspects of each material is covered, with an emphasis being placed on properties and appropriate use, enabling broader, deeper understanding of each material leading to greater confidence in their application.
Containing fifty chapters written by subject specialists, Construction Materials Reference Book covers the wide range of materials that are encountered in the construction process, from traditional materials such as stone through masonry and steel to advanced plastics and composites.
With increased significance being placed on broader environmental issues, issues of whole life cost and sustainability are covered, along with health and safety aspects of both use and installation.
Introduction; Ferrous metals overview; Steel; Cast iron; Wrought iron; Steel reinforcement; Aluminium; Lead; Titanium; Zinc; Copper and copper alloys; Concrete overview; Structural concrete; Mortars, renders and screeds; Special concretes; Concrete products; Grouts and slurries; Brick and brickwork; Other ceramics; Natural stone; Glass; Gypsum; Thermoplastics (Vinyls; Polyethylene; Polypropolene; Polycarbonate; Acrylic; Polystyrene; PTFE); Thermoset; Elastomers and rubbers; Polymer dispersions and polymer powders; Silicones, silanes and siloxanes; Resin and fibre composites; Geotextiles; Architectural Fabrics; Timber overview and timber board products; Adhesives; Bituminous materials; Naturally sourced materials; Cork; Asbestos