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5th Edition

Construction Materials
Their Nature and Behaviour, Fifth Edition

ISBN 9781138500563
Published October 12, 2017 by CRC Press
864 Pages

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Book Description

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.

- and now with solutions manual and resources for adopting instructors on

Table of Contents

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

Chapter 1: Atoms, Bonding, Energy and Equilibrium

Chapter 2: Mechanical Properties of Solids

Chapter 3: Structure of Solids

Chapter 4: Fracture and Toughness

Chapter 5: Liquids, Viscoelasticity and Gels

Chapter 7: Electrical and Thermal Properties

Example Questions

Further Reading

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

Chapter 8: Deformation and Strengthening of Metals

Chapter 9: Forming of Metals

Chapter 10: Oxidation and Corrosion

Chapter 11: Iron and Steel

Chapter 12: Aluminium

Example Questions

Further Reading

Part III: Concrete

Marios Soutsos and Peter Domone

Chapter 13: Portland Cements

Chapter 14: Admixtures

Chapter 15: Additions

Chapter 16: Other Types of Cement

Chapter 17: Aggregates for Concrete

Chapter 18: Properties of Fresh Concrete

Chapter 19: Early Age Properties of Concrete

Chapter 20: Deformation of Concrete

Chapter 21: Strength and Failure of Concrete

Chapter 22: Concrete Mix Design

Chapter 23: Non-Destructive Testing of Hardened Concrete

Chapter 24: Durability of Concrete

Chapter 25: Special Concretes

Chapter 26: Recycling of Concrete

Example Questions

Further Reading

Part IV: Polymers

Revised and updated by Vasileios Koutsos with acknowledgement to the previous author Len Holloway

Chapter 27: Polymer Types, Properties and Applications

Further Reading

Part V: Fibre Composites FRP and FRC

Philip Purnell

Chapter 28: Reinforcing Fibre Materials

Chapter 29: Reinforcing Fibre Architecture

Chapter 30: Matrices

Chapter 31: Interfaces and Bonding

Chapter 32: Mechanical Behaviour and Properties of Composites

Chapter 33: Manufacture of Fibre Composites

Chapter 34: Applications of Fibre Composites in Construction.

Chapter 35: Durability

Chapter 36: Recycling

Further Reading

Part VI: Glass

Graham Dodd

Chapter 37: Manufacture and Processing

Chapter 38: Properties and Performance

Chapter 39: Design and Applications

Chapter 40: Service and End of Life

Further Reading

Part VII: Timber

John Dinwoodie

Chapter 41: Structure of Timber and the Presence of Moisture

Chapter 42: Deformation in Timber

Chapter 43: Strength and Failure in Timber

Chapter 44: Durability of Timber

Chapter 45: Processing and Recycling of Timber

Example Questions

Acknowledgment, Further Reading and Sources of Information

Part VIII: Masonry

Revised and updated by Paulo B. Lourenço with acknowledgment to the previous author Bob de Vekey

Chapter 46: Materials and Components for Masonry

Chapter 47: Masonry Construction and Forms

Chapter 48: Structural Behaviour and Movement of Masonry

Chapter 49: Non-Structural Physical Properties of Masonry

Chapter 50: Deterioration, Conservation and Strengthening of Masonry

Example Questions

Further Reading and Sources of Information

Part IX: Bituminous Materials

Gordon D. Airey

Chapter 51: Components of Bituminous Materials

Chapter 52: Viscosity, Stiffness and Deformation of Bituminous Materials

Chapter 53: Strength and Failure of Bituminous Materials

Chapter 54: Durability of Bituminous Mixtures

Chapter 55: Design and Production of Bituminous Materials

Chapter 56: Recycling of Bituminous Materials

Example Questions

Further Reading

Part X: Selection and Sustainable Use of Materials

Marios Soutsos and Peter Domone

Chapter 57: Mechanical Properties of Materials

Chapter 58: Sustainability and Construction Materials

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

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


"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 University