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John Bull, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, The University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Dr.
Bull worked in the construction industry between 1974 and 1979 before moving to Newcastle University.
His research areas include computational engineering, structural optimization, finite element development and analysis, life cycle costing, soil-structure interaction, precast concrete runways, airfield damage repair, and structural design.
Dr. Bull has successfully completed six research grants and has 147 publications, including 12 books.
Further, he has two edited books and three book chapters awaiting publication. He has been an external examiner for many PhDs, a visiting professor in Australia, and in Japan, an advisor on book proposals to a number of publishers refereed papers for many journals and has been a member of the Editorial Board for over 25 conferences and journals.
He has been a member of BSI Standards Sub-Committees on the Structural use of Aluminium and the BSI Committee on Timber Testing Methods.
He was also a member of the Aluminium Federation’s Aluminium Foresight Programme Construction Committee.
When I was approached by Joe Yu to provide a chapter on the durability of aluminum structures, I was very pleased to be associated with the impressive array of world experts Joe had assembled for this book.
It was, therefore, with great sadness, that during Joe’s editing of the book I learned of his death following his serious illness.
When later I was approached by the publishers and Joe’s wife, Beryl, to take over the editorship of the book I felt honored to accept the invitation. I hope I have been able to maintain Joe’s high standards.
Practices in the building and civil engineering construction industry vary around the world. Local conditions, conventions, and work practices mean that design methods, design loadings, construction, and maintenance have evolved using a range of life expectancies for the structures so designed.
Today a client wants a value-managed construction that will fulfill the design requirement, which usually requires high quality, low cost, low maintenance, and defined working life.
Each of these requirements can be met singly by relaxing one or more of the other requirements.
However, Eurocode EN 1990 Basis of structural design, establishes for all the other structural Eurocodes, not only requirements for safety and serviceability but also guidelines for reliability and durability. Emphasis is therefore given to the importance of durability.
The durability of a structure can be defined as the structure’s ability to remain fit for purpose during its design working life.
This means that the design engineer must take into account many of the following factors: detailing, environment, future use of the structure, maintenance, performance and properties of materials, member shape, performance specifications, structural system, use of the structure, and workmanship.
This book discusses these aspects in relation to the durability of materials used in the construction industry and includes aluminum, composites, concrete, masonry, steel, and timber among others.
It further covers standards/codes and the legal aspects of durability The state of the art is presented for each material and the effect of the environment on their durability are covered.
The book includes numerous examples illustrating the durability of the materials, their performance, and how the materials react with their environment. Increasing the materials’ durability is an integral part of the book.
The book draws upon an international team of authors with extensive cumulative experience making this wide-ranging comprehensive book a necessary guide for academics, architects, design engineers, civil engineers, construction technologists, maintenance engineers, materials technologists, postgraduate students, structural engineers, and undergraduates.
Readers will note that chapters differ in some aspects of presentation, for example regarding references.
The conscious decision was taken to retain as much as possible of each author’s style and since this in no way detracts from, or devalues, the content, I hope this will be considered the correct decision.
My thanks go to Joe Yu, whose idea started this book, to the publishers for their invaluable help and guidance and especially to the chapter authors who have spent so much of their energy and time in making this book such a memorable achievement.
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