Materials for Construction and Civil Engineering Science, Processing, and Design

Materials for Construction and Civil Engineering Science, Processing, and Design

The current economic panorama has been particularly adverse for the architecture
and civil engineering sectors. We firmly believe that the innovation and development
of new materials with enhanced and/or innovative properties will bring about
the opportunity of restoring these sectors.
However, the remarkable multiplicity and diversity of materials currently available
in civil engineering put designers, architects, and civil engineers in a problem
of growing complexity—the selection of materials.
The selection of materials in civil engineering can be based, naturally, on
features such as suitability, cost, life cycle, and the recyclability of the materials. Nevertheless,
the future of civil engineering lies in the higher value-added materials.
Hence, the selection of materials for a certain project is an iterative task, where the
optimization of solutions can only be obtained through the dialogue between the
project’s specialists, architectures, and civil and materials engineers.

Naturally, for such discussion to be possible, it is imperative that all the actors
dominate the same technical language and share a set of scientific knowledge,
which will allow for communication and optimized solutions.
The present work is intended to contribute to that platform of specialists that is
committed to the civil engineer/architecture project. We intend to offer its readers
information regarding the main groups of materials used in civil construction,
highlighting the nomenclature, properties, fabrication processes, selection criteria,
products/applications, life cycle and recyclability, and even normalization.
This book is the result of extensive work in a broad spectrum of subjects and
competences in the areas of materials and civil engineering, as well as architecture.
In its foundation, there is a multidisciplinary team of several specialists of distinct
Portuguese institutions, such as LNEC, CTCV, ISEL, LNEG, and IST.


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