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CIVE5451 Reading List

Constituent Materials of Concrete, 2021/22, Semester 1
Professor Leon Black
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

This is the recommended book list for the module. You will also be expected to read scientific articles, technical reports and further background reading.

Advanced Concrete Technology: Constitutent Materials  

Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003

Edited by:John Newman and Ban Seng Choo 

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This is the key textbook for this module, and the content forms the basis of much of the module content. However, note that the book is now a number of years' old so will need to be supplemented by further reading. 

Summary: Based on the Institute of Concrete Technology's advanced course, this new four volume series is a comprehensive educational and reference resource for the concrete materials technologist. An expert international team of authors from research, academia and industry has been brought together to produce this unique reference source. Each volume deals with different aspects of the properties, composition, uses and testing of concrete. With worked examples, case studies and illustrations throughout, this series will be a key reference for the concrete specialist for years to come. * Expert international authorship ensures the series is authoritative * Case studies and worked examples help the reader apply their knowledge to practice * Comprehensive coverage of the subject gives the reader all the necessary reference material.

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Portland Cement

ICE Publishing

Gerry Bye, Paul Livesey and Leslie Struble Link to library holdings

This is a comprehensive book covering the production of Portland cement, its chemistry and properties. It is more up to date than Advanced Concrete Technology, but focusses solely on cement and not on other concrete constituents.

Summary: The third edition of this best selling book provides a concise overview of the properties and manufacturing processes of Portland Cement, which students of material sciences and graduates looking to enter the cement or concrete industries will find invaluable. 

While Portland Cement is one of the most traditional of construction materials, rising costs of the energy required for its manufacture and an increased awareness of the cement industry's environmental impact have continued to sustain interest in understanding its behaviour and properties. With the increasing use of admixtures and mineral additives in the production of high quality concretes, this fundamental understanding continues to be of utmost importance in the design of concrete structures. 
Updated to reflect the latest European and British standards, Portland Cement, Third edition, gives an account of cement composition, manufacture, quality assessment, hydration and the resulting microstructure-physical property relationships, and some mechanisms of the chemical degradation of hardened cement paste. This edition concludes with a new chapter that looks at the environmental impact of, and regulations governing cement manufacture. 
Portland Cement, Third edition

  • provides a solid understanding of the production and properties of Portland Cement written and edited by leading experts in industry and academia

  • references latest EN and BSI codes and cement production techniques

  • provides an introduction to the environmental impact of the cement industry.

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Construction materials : their nature and behaviour

4th Edition, Taylor & Francis, 2010.

Edited by Peter Domone and John Illston.

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This book is pitched more at the undergraduate market, but it is a very readable and comprehensive text. If you want a quick and east introduction to a topic, this is a good place to start.

Summary: So far in the twenty-first century, there have been many developments in our understanding of materials' behaviour and in their technology and use. This new edition has been expanded to cover recent developments such as the use of glass as a structural material. It also now examines the contribution that material selection makes to sustainable construction practice, considering the availability of raw materials, production, recycling and reuse, which all contribute to the life cycle assessment of structures. As well as being brought up-to-date with current usage and performance standards, each section now also contains an extra chapter on recycling.

Covers the following materials:

  • metals
  • concrete
  • ceramics (including bricks and masonry)
  • polymers
  • fibre composites
  • bituminous materials
  • timber
  • glass.

This new edition maintains our familiar and accessible format, starting with fundamental principles and continuing with a section on each of the major groups of materials. It gives you a clear and comprehensive perspective on the whole range of materials used in modern construction. A must have for Civil and Structural engineering students, and for students of architecture, surveying or construction on courses which require an understanding of materials.

This list was last updated on 08/09/2021