The Science of Construction Materials

Springer Science & Business Media
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The Science of Construction Materials is a study and work book for civil engineering students. It includes a large number of thoroughly prepared calculation examples. The book is also suitable for self-study for the researcher and practicing civil engineer.
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Ole Mejlhede Jensen is Professor of Construction Materials in the Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He has worked close together with the late Professor Per Freiesleben Hansen for 15 years. Ole Mejlhede Jensen is presently chairman of the Technical Activities Committee and the Educational Activities Committee of RILEM.

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Publisher
Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Sep 18, 2009
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Pages
308
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ISBN
9783540708988
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
Science / Mechanics / General
Technology & Engineering / Civil / General
Technology & Engineering / Construction / General
Technology & Engineering / Environmental / General
Technology & Engineering / Materials Science / General
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