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Construction Materials

Their Nature and Behaviour, Fourth Edition

Edited by Peter Domone, John Illston

© 2010 – CRC Press

568 pages

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So far in the twenty-first century, there have been many developments in our understanding of materials’ behaviour and in their technology and use. This new edition has been expanded to cover recent developments such as the use of glass as a structural material. It also now examines the contribution that material selection makes to sustainable construction practice, considering the availability of raw materials, production, recycling and reuse, which all contribute to the life cycle assessment of structures. As well as being brought up-to-date with current usage and performance standards, each section now also contains an extra chapter on recycling.

Covers the following materials:

  • metals
  • concrete
  • ceramics (including bricks and masonry)
  • polymers
  • fibre composites
  • bituminous materials
  • timber
  • glass.

This new edition maintains our familiar and accessible format, starting with fundamental principles and continuing with a section on each of the major groups of materials. It gives you a clear and comprehensive perspective on the whole range of materials used in modern construction. A must have for Civil and Structural engineering students, and for students of architecture, surveying or construction on courses which require an understanding of materials.


"Some of the civil engineering and architecture schools, however, now have less dedicated courses in materials and a significant part of the required materials knowledge is provided within other courses. A textbook such as this will hence not only be useful as a reference book for a number of these courses, but will also be helpful in providing a unified perspective to students learning about materials under these conditions."

—D. Gunaratnam, Architectural Science Review

Praise for Previous Editions

"Comprehensive and entirely appropriate for our students. Recommended reading." —Lecturer in Architectural Technology, London Southbank University

"A broad-based, yet sufficiently deep materials book to cover most undergraduate materials needs."

—Lecturer in Construction Materials, Kingston University, UK

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals

Revised and updated by Peter Domone, with acknowledgements to the previous authors, Bill Biggs, Ian McColl and Bob Moon


Atoms, Bonding, Energy and Equilibrium

Mechanical Properties of Solids

The Structure of Solids

Fracture and toughness

Liquids, Viscoelasticity and Gels


Electrical and Thermal Properties

Further Reading for Part 1

Part 2 Metals and Alloys

Revised and updated by Peter Domone, with acknowledgements to the previous authors, Bill Biggs, Ian McColl and Bob Moon


Deformation and Strengthening of Metals

Forming of Metals

Oxidation and Corrosion

Iron and Steel


Further reading for Part 2

Part 3 Concrete

Peter Domone


Portland cements 87

Admixtures 99


Other types of cement

Aggregates for concrete

Properties of fresh concrete

Early age properties of concrete

Deformation of concrete

Strength and failure of concrete

Concrete mix design

Non-destructive testing of hardened concrete

Durability of concrete

Special concretes

Recycling of concrete

Further reading for Part 3

Part 4 Bituminous materials

Gordon Airey


Components of bituminous materials

Viscosity, stiffness and deformation of bituminous materials

Strength and failure of bituminous materials

Durability of bituminous structures

Design and production of bituminous materials

Recycling of bituminous materials

Further reading for Part 4

Part 5 Masonry: Brickwork, blockwork and stonework

Bob de Vekey


Materials and Components for Masonry

Masonry Construction and Forms

Structural Behaviour and Movement of Masonry

Non-Structural Physical Properties of Masonry

Deterioration and Conservation of Masonry

Further Reading for Part 5

Part 6 Polymers

Len Hollaway


Polymers: Types, Properties and Applications

Part 7 Fibre Composites


Section 1: Polymer Composites

Len Hollaway


Fibres for Polymer Composites

Analysis of the Behaviour of Polymer Composites

Manufacturing Techniques for Polymer Composites Used in Construction

Durability and design of polymer composites

Applications of FRP Composites in Civil Engineering


Section 2: Fibre-Reinforced Cements and Concrete

Phil Purnell


Terminology for FRC

Component Materials

Interface and Bonding

Reinforcement Layouts

Mechanical behaviour of FRC

Manufacturing of FRC


Durability and Recycling

Part 8 Timber

John Dinwoodie


Structure of Timber and the Presence of Moisture

Deformation in Timber

Strength and Failure in Timber

Durability of Timber

Processing and Recycling of Timber

Further Reading for Part 8

Part 9 Glass

Graham Dodd


Manufacture and Processing

Properties and Performance

Design and applications

Service and End of Life

Part Selection and sustainable use of construction materials

Peter Domone


Mechanical Properties of Materials

Sustainability and Construction Materials

Further Reading for Part


About the Editors

Peter Domone is Senior Lecturer in Concrete Technology at University College London with extensive experience teaching materials courses to first, second and third year civil engineering undergraduates.

John Illston is a retired Civil Engineer and Lecturer.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General