Materials for Civil and Construction Engineers, 4th Edition – Michael S. Mamlouk

Materials for civil and construction engineers. Fourth Edition In Si Units – Michael S. Mamlouk y John P. Zaniewski.

A basic function of civil and construction engineering is to provide and maintain the infrastructure needs of society. The infrastructure includes buildings, water treatment and distribution systems, waste water removal and processing, dams, and highway and airport bridges and pavements. Although some civil and construction engineers are involved in the planning process, most are concerned with the design, construction, and maintenance of facilities. The common denominator among these responsibilities is the need to understand the behavior and performance of materials. Although not all civil and construction engineers need to be material specialists, a basic understanding of the material selection process, and the behavior of materials, is a fundamental requirement for all civil and construction engineers performing design, construction, and maintenance.

Material requirements in civil engineering and construction facilities are differ­ent from material requirements in other engineering disciplines. Frequently, civil engineering structures require tons of materials with relatively low replications of specific designs. Generally, the materials used in civil engineering have relatively low unit costs. In many cases, civil engineering structures are formed or fabricated in the field under adverse conditions. Finally, many civil engineering structures are directly exposed to detrimental effects of the environment.

The subject of engineering materials has advanced greatly in the past few decades. As a result, many of the conventional materials have either been replaced by more efficient materials or modified to improve their performance. Civil and construction engineers have to be aware of these advances and be able to select the most cost- effective material or use the appropriate modifier for the specific application at hand.

This text is organized into three parts: (1) introduction to materials engineer­ing, (2) characteristics of materials used in civil and construction engineering, and (3) laboratory methods for the evaluation of materials.

The introduction to materials engineering includes information on the basic mechanistic properties of materials, environmental influences, and basic material classes. In addition, one of the responsibilities of civil and construction engineers is the inspection and quality control of materials in the construction process. This requires an understanding of material variability and testing procedures. The atomic structure of materials is covered in order to provide basic understanding of material behavior and to relate the molecular structure to the engineering response.

What’s New in This Edition

The primary focus of the updates presented in this edition was on the sustainability of materials used in civil and construction engineering. The information on sustain­ability in Chapter 1 was updated and expanded to include recent information on sustainability. In addition, a section was added to Chapters 3 through 11 describing the sustainability considerations of each material. The problem set for each chapter was updated and increased to provide some fresh Exercises and to cover other topics discussed in the chapter. References were updated and increased in all chapters to provide students with additional reading on current issues related to different mate­rials. Many figures were added and others were updated throughout the book to pro­vide visual illustrations to students. Other specific updates to the chapters include:

  • Chapter 1 now includes a more detailed section on viscoelastic material behav­ior and a new sample problem.
  • Chapter 3 was updated with recent information about the production of steel.
  • A sample problem was added to Chapter 5 about the water absorbed by aggre­gate in order to highlight the fact that absorbed water is not used to hydrate the cement or improve the workability of plastic concrete.
  • Two new sample problems were added to Chapter 6 on the acceptable criteria of mixing water and to clarify the effect of water reducer on the properties of concrete.
  • Chapter 7 was augmented with a discussion of concrete mixing water and a new sample problem. A section on pervious concrete was added to reflect the current practice on some parking lots and pedestrian walkways.
  • Chapter 9 was updated with reference to the multiple stress creep recovery test, and the information about the immersion compression test was replaced with the tensile strength ratio method to reflect current practices. The selection of the binder was refined to incorporate the effect of load and speed. The section on the diameteral tensile resilient modulus was removed for lack of use. The sample problem on the diameteral tensile resilient modulus was also removed and replaced with a sample problem on the freeze-thaw test and the tensile strength ratio.
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