September 11, 2008

Book Review - Environmental Deterioration of Materials

The amount of pollution that is constantly being added to the air, water, and ground not only affects the environment, but also has an impact on human-made materials and structures in our built world. At the same time, our society is increasingly recognizing the value of preserving what we have made. This book provides textbook-like explanations of the effects that pollution has on the most important and widely used building materials including brick, stone, concrete, wood, and a variety of metals. It discusses how these materials deteriorate and what effects their failure can have on the structures in which they are used. At the same time, the book offers preservation and protection techniques that can be used on buildings, bridges, industrial and agricultural structures, and other structures of lasting value or importance. This book will be of interest to engineers, particularly those who deal with materials and structures, but also to architects, preservationists, and environmentalists.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Environmental Deterioration of Materials
ed. by A. Moncmanova
TA 418.74 .E59 2007