Special Issue "Testing of Cement-Based Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019
Concrete is the most consumed engineering material and has been used for more than 100 years. The construction material is used to build a structure outdoors, different from the other engineering materials produced inside manufacturing factories, which results in a unique process for its implementation. The construction material is usally produced in a local batch plant, and as a premature state it is transformed to a construction site (spatially distributed). Various producers and engineers are involved in its production, transformation, casting, and placing processes. Therefore, the application of the standard test methods is important for its quallity control and performance evaluation.
Advances in cement-based materials (e.g., high-performance concrete; high-strength concrete; self-consolidating concrete; fiber-reinforced cementitious composites; engineered cementitious composites; pervious concrete; low carbon concrete; and others) have brought the development of novel test methods to evalute their enhanced performances and material characterization. The test results and analysis for the new cement-based materials are also of interest in accompany with the test methods.
On the other hand, the technological advancement of the material characterization allows us to deeply understand the microstructure and behavior of cement-based materials. The characterization technology includes, but is not limited to, nanotechnolgy, rheological evaluation, nondstructive testing, and the multiphysics apporach. There are many other technologies related to the testing of cement-based materials. The field is rapidly advancing into new areas of discovery.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcomed.
Assoc. Prof. Jae Hong Kim
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- cementitious materials
- test method
- performance evaluation
- material characterization
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
McDonald, F. P. Glasser and M. S. Imbabi
The manufacture of Portland cement accounts for approximately 7% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Carbon capture and conversion technology under development by the authors allows for new methods to be developed to offset these emissions. Carbon-negative Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) produced from CO2 emissions can be used as a means of offsetting the carbon footprint of cement production while potentially providing benefits to cement hydration, workability and strength. In this paper we present recent test results obtained for the mechanical and chemical properties of PCC blended Portland cements. Initial findings show that these cements behave differently from commonly used Portland and Portland limestone cements, which have been well documented to improve workability and rate of hydration. The strength of blended Portland cements incorporating carbon-negative PCC has been found to exceed that of the reference baseline Portland cement. The reduction of cement clinker factor when using carbon-negative PCC, and the observed increase in compressive strength and associated reduction in member size, can reduce the carbon footprint of blended Portland cements by more than 25%.