As one of the Programming Textbooks for New-century Higher Vocational and Professional Civil Engineering, this book is published by Science Press in August, 2001. This book has won the special prize of 2001-2003 Programming Textbooks for National IIigher Vocational and Professional Civil Engineering proposed by Textbook Construction Expert Committee of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
It has gained good evaluations from peer experts, construction technicians and teachers. It is one of the “Eleventh Five-year Plan” National Textbooks for General Higher Education. This book is suitable for students majoring in “Civil Engineering”, “Construction Engineering”, “Engineering Supervision”, “Costing Engineering”, and “Water Supply and Drainage Engineering”, also for the engineers and technicians engaging in the relevant specialties.
For the sake of requirements for higher vocational and profcssional teaching and vocational education, this book not only focuses on cement, concrete, steel, new waterproof materials, but also introduces the environment-friendly materials. It tries to make the teaching materials more applicable, more substantial, more succinct, and more novel. Since it ‘was published, this book has been amended and rewritten carefully to satisfj the new amended national regulations and standards.
Due to the limited knowledge in the compilation of this book, mistakes and errors cannot be fully avoided. The comments and criticism from the readers will be highly appreciated. Building matcrials are the material foundation for all the construction engineering. Building materials industry which is one of the important basic industries of national economy promotes the development of the construction industry. Various buildings and structures are constructed by all kinds of building materials on the basis of reasonable design.
The varieties, specifications and qualities of building materials are directly related to the applicability, artistry and durability of buildings and also to the cost of projects. A large ncmber of high-quality industrial and civil buildings need to be built for the development of society. Meanwhile, a great deal of water conservancy projects, traffic engineering and port projects need to be built to adapt to the rapid development of the national economy.
It requires lots of high-quality building materials which accords with the application environment of projects. Therefore, building materials industry is usually considered as the basic industry for the construction engineering. Building materials not only have a large consumption, but also are expensive. In the total cost of the construction, the cost of building materials often accounts for about 50 percent. Thus, it is significant to properly choose and reasonably utilize building materials in the construction for the reduction of costs and the improvement of investment benefits.
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