Durability of Some Common Building Materials

    Published: Jan 1980

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    In this paper the durability of some materials used in building is considered; in particular, concrete, fibrous composites, surface coatings, and adhesives. For each of these materials the processes which cause change in the physical, mechanical, or chemical properties are discussed and the deterioration which occurs on aging is reviewed, identifying, where appropriate, the specific environments producing unacceptable loss of function or appearance. Careful selection of the material used in specific applications is considered to be a prime requirement for continued good service and low maintenance.


    durability, adhesives, surface-coatings, concrete, composites, fibers, building materials

    Author Information:

    Gutt, WH
    Building Research Establishment, Garston, Watford,

    Everett, LH
    Building Research Establishment, Garston, Watford,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.22

    DOI: 10.1520/STP36055S

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