Building Materials: Testing and Sustainability
Contents: 1. Properties of building materials. 2. Building stones. 3. Bricks and Brick substitutes. 4. Building lime. 5. Cement and cementitious materials. 6. Aggregates for concrete. 7. Mortars and plasters. 8. Concrete and reinforced concrete. 9. Special structural concretes. 10. Gypsum. 11. Wood and wood products. 12. Ferrous metals other than steel. 13. Steel. 14. Non-ferrous metals and alloys. 15. Glass. 16. Clay and ceramic products. 17. Plastics and rubbers. 18. Paints and varnishes. 19. Asphalt, bitumen and tar. 20. Thermal insulating materials. 21. Sound insulating materials. 22. Waterproofing and damp-proofing. 23. Miscellaneous materials. 24. Deformation and fracture of materials. 25. Testing and evaluation of building materials. Building Materials, Testing and Sustainability is a comprehensive textbook designed to cater to undergraduate students of civil engineering, based on the recent AICTE syllabus on Materials, Testing & Evaluation. This book will be useful to architects (who usually specify the materials), students of diploma courses in civil engineering, and also serve as an invaluable reference to postgraduate students and practising engineers as well as researchers. Each chapter starts with an introduction and historical review of the material discussed and proceeds to discuss about classifications, manufacture, important properties, advantages and disadvantages, green substitutes (if any), and sustainability. Traditional materials such as stones, bricks, lime, cement, mortars and plasters, aggregates, concrete, iron, steel, other metals, wood, glass, paints, as well as modern materials such as plastics, gypsum, special structural concretes, wood products, and ceramics are discussed. Thermal and sound insulating and waterproofing materials are also included. Students and engineers will find the separate chapter on testing and evaluation of these materials very useful.