Special Issue "The Effects of High Temperature on the Mechanical Properties of Concrete"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Francisco Javier Baeza
Guest Editor
Civil Engineering Department, University of Alicante, Ctra. San Vicente s/n, San Vicente del Raspeig 03690, Spain
Interests: structural engineering; cement composites; dynamic behavior; masonry structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Structural concrete became an essential construction material during the second half of the 19th century. Reportedly, one of several reasons for this was its good behavior when exposed to the high temperatures that develop in accidental fire situations, especially when compared to other construction materials of that age. Concrete arguably exhibits better fire performance than structural steel, and recent history provides some notable though dramatic examples for this assertion: the fire in Windsor Tower (Madrid, 2005) and the fire in Grenfell Tower (London, 2017). The effects of high-temperature exposure on the chemical composition and mechanical behavior of conventional concrete are well known. However, the ever-changing world of structural engineering challenges the performance of traditional materials and encourages the development of new solutions in concrete engineering, whose fire performance needs to be addressed. This Special Issue on "The Effects of High Temperature on the Mechanical Properties of Concrete" aims to present the latest findings in the following materials exposed to elevated temperatures: fiber-reinforced concrete; ultra-high-performance concrete; self-compacting concrete; special aggregate concrete (e.g., recycled, lightweight, non-conventional, etc.); advanced cement materials with or without nano-additions. Other topics of interest may include dynamic properties, predictive models, numerical modelling, and non-destructive testing for the evaluation of fire-induced damage.

Dr. Francisco Javier Baeza
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • fire engineering
  • high-temperature exposure
  • concrete
  • cement materials
  • mechanical properties
  • dynamic behavior
  • bond strength
  • ultra-high-performance concrete
  • recycled waste materials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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