5th Edition

Construction Materials Their Nature and Behaviour, Fifth Edition

Edited By Marios Soutsos, Peter Domone Copyright 2018
    864 Pages
    by CRC Press

    864 Pages
    by CRC Press

    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 https://www.crcpress.com/9781498741101

    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


    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