Fully updated to reflect the latest materials and their applications, this second edition of the Construction Materials Reference Book remains 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 are covered in detail, with an emphasis being placed on properties and appropriate use, enabling a deeper understanding of each material and greater confidence in their application.
Containing 38 chapters written by subject specialists, a wide range of construction materials are covered, from traditional materials such as stone through masonry and steel to advanced plastics and composites.
With diagrams, reference tables, chemical and mathematic formulae, and summaries of the appropriate regulations throughout, this is the most authoritative construction materials guide available. This edition features extra material on environmental issues, whole life costing, and sustainability, as well as the health and safety aspects of both use and installation.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Aluminium (John Bull) 3. Copper (Nick Hay) 4. Ferrous Metals Overview (Michael Bussell) 5. Cast Iron (Michael Bussell) 6. Wrought Iron (Michael Bussell) 7. Steel (roger Plank) 8. Steel for reinforced concrete (Ben Bowsher) 9. Lead (John Wood and David Wilson) 10. Titanium (David Peacock) 11. Zinc (Anthony Wall) 12. Bricks and Brickwork (Barry Haseltine) 13. Ceramics (Geoff Edgell) 14. Concrete (Bryan Marsh) 15. Glass (Chris Brown and Edwin Stokes) 16. Grouts and Slurries (Stephan Jefferis) 17. Gypsum (Charles Fentiman) 18. Natural Building Stone (Tim Yates) 19. Polymers in Construction: an Overview (Arthur Lyons) 20. Acrylic Plastics (Arthur Lyons) 21. Polycarbonate plastics (Arthur Lyons) 22. Polyethylene (Polyethene) Plastics (Arthur Lyons) 23. Polypropylene (Polypropene) and Polybutylene (Polybutene-1) Plastics (Arthur Lyons) 24. Polystyrene (David Thompsett) 25. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene Copolymer (ETFE) (Arthur Lyons) 26. Polyvinyl Chloride Polymers (Godfrey Arnold, S R Tan) 27. Thermosetting Resins (Shaun Hurley) 28. Natural and Synthetic Rubbers (Vince Coveney) 29. Polymer Dispersions and Redispersible Powders (Robert Viles) 30. Silicones, Silanes and Siloxanes (Arthur Lyons) 31. Adhesives (Allan Hutchinson, James Broughton) 32. Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials (Stuart Moy) 33. Timber and Timber Products (Andrew Lawrence) 34. Bituminous materials (Robert Langridge, Geoffrey Griffiths and the Editors) 35. Geotextiles (Geoffrey Card) 36. Structural Fabrics and Foils (Ian Liddell) 37. Cork (Peter Olley and Robert Cather) 38. Asbestos (Robert Cather and David Doran)
David Doran graduated in 1950 with an external BSc (Eng). He then undertook National Service with the Royal Engineers in Malaya from 1953 to 1955. He is a Fellow of ICE and IStructE, a former member of Council of IStructE and Chairman of five Task Groups. From 1965 to 1985 he was Chief Engineer with George Wimpey plc, where he was Manager of the Civil & Structural Design Department with a staff of 300, and Head of QA for Wimpey Construction. Upon leaving Wimpey, David became an independent consultant and is retained by GBGeotechnics, Cambridge. He has been involved in several important publications since 1988.
Bob Cather graduated in Materials Science from the University of Bath. He initially worked with The Marley Tile Co. Ltd on product development and subsequently spent more than 30 years with Ove Arup & Partners. Bob has considerable expertise in the selection, design and performance of materials in the built environment. This expertise has enabled specialist contribution to projects and for clients worldwide, covering all areas of construction.