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Construction Materials Fourth Version by Peter Domone and John Illston
PREFACE to Construction Materials Fourth Version by Peter Domone and John Illston:
This e book is an up to date and prolonged model of the third version, which was revealed in 2001. This has proved to be as fashionable and profitable as the primary two editions.
However the persevering with advances in building supplies know-how and makes use of, not least within the many elements and points referring to the sustainability of building, have resulted within the want for this new fourth version.
The primary version was revealed below the title Concrete, Timber and Metals in 1979. Its scope, content material and type have been considerably modified for the second version, revealed in 1994, with the addition of three additional supplies – bituminous supplies, masonry and fibre composites – with a separate a part of the e book devoted to every materials, following a normal introductory half on ‘Fundamentals’.
This total format was nicely obtained by each college students and lecturers, and was retained within the third version, with a brief part on polymers added. On this re-creation, this format has once more been retained; the principal modifications and extensions are:
• the ‘Fundamentals’ part has been reformatted into chapters which may extra readily be studied independently if required.
• a brand new part on glass has been added, reflecting its growing use as a structural materials;
• for every materials the problems involved with finish of-life and recycling, now main issues, have been mentioned.
• a brand new part on ‘Choice, use and sustainability’ has been added, which compares the mechanical properties of all of the supplies and considers a few of the elements referring to their choice to be used and the implications for society and the atmosphere.
This brings collectively a lot of the property information offered within the particular person sections, and leads on to problems with sustainability that can more and more dominate the life and careers of many who learn this e book.
Three of the contributors to the third version, John Dinwoodie (timber), Len Hollaway (polymers and polymer composites) and Bob de Vekey (masonry) have been ready and prepared to contribute once more.
Others weren’t because of modifications in pursuits or retirement, however happily, Gordon Airey (bituminous supplies) and Phil Purnell (fibre-reinforced cements and composites) have stepped in and taken over their respective sections.
Graham Dodd has contributed the brand new part on glass. The co-author of the primary version, editor of the second version and inspiration for the third version, John Illston, remains to be flourishing in his retirement and once more supplied encouragement for me to proceed as editor.
Aims and scope:
As with the earlier editions, the e book is addressed primarily to college students taking programs in civil or structural engineering, the place there’s a persevering with want for a unified remedy of the type that we now have once more tried.
We imagine that the e book offers most if not all the data required by college students for formal programs on supplies all through threeor four-year diploma programmes, however extra specialist mission work in third or fourth years might require recourse to the extra detailed texts which can be listed in ‘Additional studying’ on the finish of every part.
We additionally imagine that our method will proceed to supply a priceless supply of curiosity and stimulation to each undergraduates and graduates in engineering typically, supplies science, constructing, structure and associated disciplines.
The target of creating an understanding of the behaviour of supplies from a information of their construction stays paramount.
Solely on this method can data from mechanical testing, expertise in processing, dealing with and inserting, and supplies science, i.e. empiricism, craft and science, be introduced collectively to present the sound basis for supplies know-how required by the practitioner.
The ‘Fundamentals’ part offers the mandatory foundation for this. Inside every of the following sections on particular person supplies, their construction and composition from the molecular degree upwards is mentioned, and then the subjects of manufacture and processing, deformation, power and failure, sturdiness and recycling are thought-about.
A very unified remedy for every materials isn’t attainable owing to their completely different natures and the completely different necessities for manufacture, processing and dealing with, however a take a look at the contents record will present how every matter has been lined and how the supplies might be in contrast and contrasted.
Cross-references are given all through the textual content to help this, from which it would even be obvious that there are a number of instances of overlap between supplies, for instance concrete and bituminous composites use related aggregates, and Portland cement is a element of masonry, some fibre composites and concrete.
The ultimate part allows comparability of mechanical properties of the supplies, from which it’s attainable to get an concept of how every matches into the broad spectrum obtainable to building engineers, and then discusses a few of the sustainability points referring to all of the supplies.
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