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Special Issue "Surface Treatments and Coatings for Structural Steel and Reinforced Concrete"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2017).
Prof. Dr. Paul Lambert Website E-Mail
Centre for Infrastructure Management, Materials and Engineering Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB, United Kingdom
Interests: structural materials, protective coatings, durability modelling, corrosion, cathodic protection, recycled materials
The built environment accounts for the largest use of steel and reinforced concrete and covers a wide range of structures, from private dwellings to shared infrastructure. The exposure environments may be as benign as domestic interiors or as chemically aggressive as wastewater treatment plants, but, in all cases, the requirement is to provide safe and durable structures with minimal maintenance demands. There is usually also an aesthetic requirement, as society rightly expects even its common resources, such as bridges, to be visually acceptable.
The long-established challenges to reinforced concrete have been exposure to chloride ions, from the sea, ground, admixtures or de-icing salts, and the neutralisation of the protective alkalinity by reaction with atmospheric carbon dioxide. Changes in legislation and the expectations of end users can result in further problems, for example, the increasingly common practice of enclosing wastewater tanks and culverts. While this helps to control odour, it can also greatly increase the degree of damage caused by hydrogen sulphide and sulphuric acid attack.
For structural steel, including weathering steel, the combination of chlorides and moisture can result in greatly reduced times to first maintenance, disrupting access by the general public and wastefully consuming additional materials. The current rated life for steel protective coating systems is typically only 20% of the intended life of the structure, requiring multiple re-applications.
This Special Issue of Coatings is intended to provide a forum for original research and critical reviews on current advances in the field of coatings and surface treatment for steel and reinforced concrete employed in structural applications. Areas of interest include coatings and treatments to prevent the ingress of moisture, chlorides and carbon dioxide, conductive coatings for the application of electrochemical corrosion control and coatings and treatments to prevent or allow easy removal of graffiti and other surface contamination. Aspects of research of interest include sustainable coatings and surface treatments, multi-functional coatings providing both passive and active protection against loss of durability, laboratory testing methods and in situ coating evaluation.
Prof. Dr. Paul Lambert
Manuscript Submission Information
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