Problems in Service Life Prediction of Building and Construction Materials

  • Larry W. Masters

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 95)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. State of the Art of Service Life Prediction of Building and Construction Materials

  3. Approaches to Service Life Prediction in Advanced Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Frank D. Adams, Robert M. Engle Jr
      Pages 93-109
  4. Commonalities Between Service Life Prediction Problems in Building/Construction Technology and Advanced Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Göran Fagerlund
      Pages 113-138
  5. Mathematical Analysis Techniques used in Advanced Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
  6. Mathematical Analysis Techniques Used in Building and Construction Technology

  7. Formulation of Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Julio Ferry Borges
      Pages 267-269
    3. Larry W. Masters
      Pages 279-284
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 285-289

About this book


Degradation, the chemical/physical response of building and con­ struction materials exposed to in-service environments, must be predicted prior to their installation in structures if materials are to be effectively selected, used and maintained. These assessments of materials degradation require that methods be available to aid prediction of service life. The objectives of building materials science are a) to charac­ terize and categorize materials, b) to predict, preferably in a mathematical sense, material or component response including expected service life, and c) to make improvements in material response through improvements in design, formulation, processing or specification. For building and construction materials, continued progress has been made towards objective (a), but little progress has been made towards objectives (b) and (c). Of these, the mathematical prediction of service life appears to be of greater importance, because, if general approaches or models having application to a wide range of building and construction materials can be identi­ fied, then the categorization, selection, use and improvement of materials can proceed in a systematic manner. Researchers in advanced technologies, such as aerospace, nuclear, electronics and medicine, have apparently been more successful than researchers in building and construction technology in responding to the need for reliable predictions of service life.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Larry W. Masters
    • 1
  1. 1.Organic Building Materials Group Center for Building TechnologyNational Bureau of StandardsGaithersburgUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8766-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5125-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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