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Special Issue "Recent Advances in Smart Materials for the Built Environment"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. ing. Cesare Sangiorgi

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy
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Interests: pavements; bituminous materials; recyled materials; smart materials
Guest Editor
Prof. ing. Filippo Ubertini

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy
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Interests: self-sensing nanocomposite materials; intelligent infrastructure system; smart materials
Guest Editor
Dr. Anna Laura Pisello

Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy
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Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; urban heat island; thermal-energy storage; environmental monitoring; building physics; mitigation; passive cooling; cool roof

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The built environment of the future is expected to need novel smart and multifunctional construction materials that provide a variety of other features, in addition to strength and durability. In this view, many researchers worldwide are focusing on the development of such innovative and highly promising solutions with the purpose to enhance the construction material behavior in terms of environmental sustainability and technical performance including the new frontiers of self-sensing, self-healing, energy harvesting, overheating control, noise reduction, microclimate mitigation, and other capabilities.

Society itself will be the first beneficiary of such scientific discussion, since it will take advantage from these characteristics that will allow saving raw materials and energy, minimizing the externalities of construction, service and maintenance phases and impact. Furthermore, those solutions are expected to transform the physical and mechanical behavior of structural and non-structural elements into precious sources of data, renewable energy along with other functional advantages, such as noise and urban overheating reduction.

This Special Issue aims at presenting a number of high-quality up-to-date research contributions that have proven benefits and feasibility of smart materials in the built environment at large. Technical papers, review contributions and case histories on laboratory and in-situ experiments are all welcome. By acknowledging your important contribution in these fields, we would like to warmly invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration in the “Recent Advances in Smart Materials for the Built Environment” Special Issue in Materials.

Prof. ing. Cesare Sangiorgi
Prof. ing. Filippo Ubertini
Prof. ing. Anna Laura Pisello
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Smart materials
  • Self-sensing
  • Energy harvesting
  • Self-healing
  • UHI mitigation
  • Acoustic materials

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Open AccessArticle Self-Sealing Cementitious Materials by Using Water-Swelling Rubber Particles
Materials 2017, 10(8), 979; doi:10.3390/ma10080979
Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 15 August 2017 / Accepted: 18 August 2017 / Published: 22 August 2017
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Water ingress into cracked concrete structures is a serious problem, as it can cause leakage and reinforcement corrosion and thus reduce functionality and safety of the structures. In this study, the application of water-swelling rubber particles for providing the cracked concrete a self-sealing
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Water ingress into cracked concrete structures is a serious problem, as it can cause leakage and reinforcement corrosion and thus reduce functionality and safety of the structures. In this study, the application of water-swelling rubber particles for providing the cracked concrete a self-sealing function was developed. The feasibility of applying water-swelling rubber particles and the influence of incorporating water-swelling rubber particles on the mechanical properties of concrete was investigated. The self-sealing efficiency of water-swelling rubber particles with different content and particle size was quantified through a permeability test. The sealing effect of the water swelling rubber particles was monitored by X-ray computed tomography. The experimental results show that, by using 6% of these water swelling rubber particles as a replacement of aggregates in concrete, up to 64% and 61% decrease of water permeability was realized for 0.7 mm and 1.0 mm cracks. Furthermore, when the concrete cracks, the water swelling rubber particles can act as a crack bridging filler, preventing the crack from fully separating the specimens in two pieces. Full article
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