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Stone Building Materials: Characterization, Decay, and Conservation (Second Volume)

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Construction and Building Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 195

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CNR-SPIN (SuPerconducting and Other INnovative Materials and Devices Institute), 84084 Fisciano, SA, Italy
Interests: nanomaterials; multifunctional coatings; durability of polymers; construction materials; stone conservation; cultural heritage; eco-efficient materials for sustainable constructions
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Dear Colleagues,

The conservation and management of stone building materials are multifaceted processes requiring studies across many disciplines. Such materials, widely used in any civil construction and monument, are susceptible to decay under the influence of physical, chemical, or biological agents, often acting in synergism. The characterization of stone materials is not only essential for predicting their durability and behavior in service, but also helpful for selecting the most compatible and performing restoration strategy. Knowledge regarding the nature, properties, and decay of stone materials is a key step to identify the remedial needs and plan for appropriate conservation actions. Sensors, measurement systems, and image processing are increasingly used for decay mapping and monitoring of stone buildings to promptly recognize the degradation risks and plan the restoration works. On the other hand, several approaches and a wide range of products have been designed to avoid, or at least reduce, stone decay.

Within this context, this Special Issue aims to publish original research and review papers, from investigators, in both academia and industry, dealing with recent advances in the study of stone building materials, either natural or artificial. Research based on laboratory tests, field trials, and case studies is welcome.

The topics include but are not limited to new methods used to characterize stone materials, the study of mechanisms of decay and synergisms between them, assessment of decay patterns, design and synthesis of innovative protective systems, effectiveness of conservation treatments, and provenance and technology of ancient materials.

Dr. Mariateresa Lettieri
Guest Editor

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  • natural stone materials
  • mortars and plasters
  • concrete
  • mechanisms of decay
  • decay monitoring
  • conservation treatments
  • cleaning methods
  • protective coatings
  • consolidation
  • durability
  • weathering effects

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