Construction Materials: Their Nature and Behaviour

Construction Materials: Their Nature and Behaviour 

Peter Domone,

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conventionally think of a material as being either a solid or a fluid. These states of matter are conveniently based on the response of the material to an applied force. A solid will maintain its shape under its own weight, and resist applied forces with little deformation.1 An unconfined fluid will flow under its own weight or applied force. Fluids can be divided into liquids and gases; liquids are essentially incompressible and maintain a fixed volume when placed in a container, whereas gases are greatly compressible and will also expand to fill the volume available. Although these divisions of materials are often convenient, we must recognize that they are not distinct, and some materials display mixed behaviour, such as gels, which can vary from near solids to near liquids.

Content :
  • Part 1 Fundamentals
  • Part 2 Metals and alloys
  • Part 3 Concrete
  • Part 4 Bituminous materials
  • Part 5 Masonry: Brickwork, blockwork and stonework
  • Part 6 Polymers
  • Part 7 Fibre Composites
  • Part 8 Timber
  • Part 9 Glass
  • Part 10 Selection and sustainable use of construction materials

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