Chapter One

Building Materials

Those properties of matter which are of most interest in materials used for the structure and cladding of buildings are their cost, their mechanical properties, including their weight, their thermal, acoustic and optical properties, their dimensional stability and durability and their resistance to fire. Other important properties connected with the basic properties of the bulk material are the ease of manufacture and ease of working of the material, the corrosion and chemical resistance and the texture and appearance of the material. Materials may be split up into: metals and their alloys, which generally are crystalline, that is have atoms which are packed together in space in regular, repeating arrangements; ...

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