Special Issue "Construction Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2011)
Dr. Christian Paglia (Website)
Institute of Materials and Constructions, Department of Environment, Construction and Design, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Trevano, CP 12, CH-6952 Canobbio, Switzerland
Fax: +41 (0)58 666 63 59
Interests: aluminium alloys corrosion; materials corrosion; cementitious materials and materials durability
A main issue concerning the construction materials and systems is known to be the durability. Materials, such as metals, synthetic materials, cementitious materials and/or material combination and systems are known to deteriorate. In this concern, it is important to investigate with non-destructive and destructive diagnostic methods the degradation processes. Furthermore protection methods, preventive measures, maintenance and type of restoration have to be developed depending on the type of infrastructure. The gain of knowledge in these latter processes will help to clarify the most significant parameters responsible for the degradation of a construction system or material. This will also enable the optimization of material and system parameters in order to build more durable structures.
Dr. Christian Paglia