About the Book
"The engineering structures are composed of materials. These materials are known as the engineering materials or building materials or materials of construction. It is necessary for the civil engineer to become conversant with the properties of such materials. The service conditions of buildings demand a wide range of materials and various properties such as water resistance, strength, durability, temperature resistance, appearance, permeability, etc. are to be properly studied before making final selection of any building material for a particular use. Civil engineers are often responsible for specifying, designing and manufacturing the materials with which they build their structures. Studies in construction materials are intended to make structural, transportation and foundation engineers aware of the fundamental properties of the materials they use. Materials are so important in the development of civilization that we associate Ages with them. In the origin of human life on Earth, the Stone Age, people used only natural materials, like stone, clay, skins, and wood. When people found copper and how to make it harder by alloying, the Bronze Age started about 3000 BC. The use of iron and steel, a stronger material that gave advantage in wars started at about 1200 BC. The next big step was the discovery of a cheap process to make steel around 1850, which enabled the railroads and the building of the modern infrastructure of the industrial world. The relevance of knowledge about building and construction materials among construction professionals is much. While this knowledge enables the professional such as architects, quantity surveyors and builders to perform their job efficiently such the application of sustainability concept to construction, especially now that the quest for sustainability concept has increased among the stakeholders across construction industries, such as adequate knowledge of construction of building material enables the designer or architect to select between traditional and contemporary building material or both..
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research of Materials in Civil and Construction Engineering’ presents a thorough understanding of the composition, microstructure, and engineering behavior of materials used in civil engineering applications. Without this knowledge it would not be possible to build safe, efficient and long-lasting buildings, structures and lodgings. It consists of new research on the performance of construction materials examining the fundamental properties of building materials, their characterization and processing techniques, modeling, standardization of test methods, and the application of research results in building and civil engineering. It provides an overview of the complete range of building materials available to civil engineers and all those involved in the building and construction industries.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research of Materials in Civil and Construction Engineering’ is devoted to students and researchers of civil engineering, construction engineering and allied courses including water supply and drainage engineering. It also serves as a source of essential background information for engineers and professionals in the civil engineering and construction sector."