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Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials. Edition No. 2. Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering

  • ID: 4768515
  • Book
  • 708 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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In the context of the sustainability agenda, the conservation movement, and current interest in cultural identity and its preservation, there is a growing enthusiasm for traditional building systems with a low environmental impact, using materials that do not require industrial processing, from rammed earth to innovative bamboo-based materials. This interest relates both to original structures in vernacular materials, and the role that these materials can play in new structures. In some cases these non-conventional and vernacular materials are offering new solutions to design, performance, cost, and sustainability challenges that are not being met by standard contemporary construction materials.The first edition of this book met the need for definitive content on material types and their applications; the second edition extends this with case studies, and information about the relevant codes and regulations, and how they apply (or do not apply) to nocmats. Leading international experts have contributed chapters focusing on current applications and engineering of these construction materials. Opening with a historical survey of nonconventional materials, Part 1 includes a review of vernacular construction and a discussion of the future directions for nonconventional and vernacular materials research and their applications. Chapters in Part 2 focus on natural fibres, including their application in cementitious composites, non-cementitious composites and straw-bale construction. In Part 3, chapters cover the use of industrial byproducts and natural ashes in cement mortar and concrete, and construction using soil-cement blocks, clay-based materials, adobe and earthen materials and ancient stone masonry. Timber, bamboo and paper construction materials are investigated in Part 4 of the book. In this revised edition all chapters have been updated to cover the latest research and bets practice. In addition, a range of new case studies have been added, making this book a true compendium of materials, techniques, and real-world applications, providing a fund of experience coupled with academic rigour.Complementing the existing chapters on bamboo, with the ISO guidelines for bamboo being revised, there are new chapters on: structural connections for bamboo, engineering bamboo for structural applications and bamboo reinforced concrete. Engineers, architects, material scientists, academics and postgraduate students interested in nonconventional materials will find Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials, 2nd Edition an essential resource.
  • Takes a scientifically rigorous approach to vernacular and non-conventional building materials and their applications
  • Includes a series of case studies and new material on codes and regulations, thus providing an invaluable compendium of practical knowhow
  • Presents the wider context of materials science and its applications in the sustainability agenda
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Part 1: Nonconventional and Vernacular Materials
1 What we learn from vernacular construction
2 Introduction to nonconventional materials and an historic retrospective of the field
3 Future directions for nonconventional and vernacular material research and applications
4 Characterization of vegetable fibers and their application in cementitious composites
Part 2: Natural Fibres
5 Natural fibre-reinforced noncementitious composites (biocomposites)
6 Straw bale construction
Part 3: Concrete and Mortar
7 Utilization of industrial by-products and natural ashes in mortar and concrete: development of sustainable construction materials
8 Dry-stack and compressed stabilised earth-block construction
9 Unfired clay materials and construction
10 Earthen materials and constructions
11 Ancient stone masonry constructions
Part 4: Timber, Bamboo and Paper
12 Nonconventional timber construction
13 Bamboo material characterization
14 Bamboo design and construction
15 Engineered Bamboo
15A Engineered bamboo for structural applications
16 Paperboard tubes in structural and construction engineering

New Chapters
Experiences in Codes and Standards Development for Nonconventional and Vernacular Materials
Role of big data and computation in NOCMAT
Natural Geopolymers and Ternary Cements
High-rise Timber
Structural Connections for Bamboo
Engineered Bamboo for Structural Applications
Bamboo reinforced applications
Concrete and Mortar
a critical assessment
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Harries, Kent A.
Kent Harries is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. His research focuses on fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials and - over the last five years - full-culm bamboo and the characterization of bamboo materials. He the author of over 220 peer-reviewed technical articles, and is Editor of the Journal of Construction and Building Materials and FRP International. He is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.
Sharma, Bhavna
Bhavna Sharma is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research focuses on the use of natural fibre-reinforced composites and the properties of full-culm and engineered bamboo as an alternative construction material.
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