Special Issue "Microstructures and Durability of Cement-Based Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Interests: cement-based materials; cement chemistry; concrete engineering; sustainable materials; alternative binders; microstructure of concrete; durability
Interests: characterization of cement; alternative cementitious binders; durability; thermodynamic modelling
Cement-based materials are the most widely used and important materials to build and maintain our society. They are crucially important for meeting the structural integrity and performance demand imposed on structures and, more importantly, for ensuring economic stability and sustainability to make a cement-based material with high durability. Recently, various types of cement-based materials have been studied and used in terms of sustainability and the advancement of these materials. Accumulating knowledge on the durability of newly developed cement-based materials is of utmost importance for understanding and expanding the use of these materials.
Cement-based materials have heterogeneous and complex microstructures that vary according to the types and mix proportions of materials used, the manufacturing method, the curing process, and the environment. By understanding the microstructure of cement-based materials using the latest analytical techniques, it is possible to enhance our understanding of the mechanical properties and durability of cement-based materials, which are closely related to the microstructure of these materials. Therefore, topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- The characterization of Portland cement-based materials and those derived from alternative binders;
- Materials design for enhanced durability;
- Cementitious composites including advanced nano- and bio-materials;
- Hydration and microstructural formation;
- Durability of cement-based materials (e.g., chloride attack, carbonation, sulfate attack, acid attack, alkali-silica reaction, freeze/thaw, and bio-degradation);
- Durability and sustainability assessment;
- Life cycle assessment.
The aim of this Special Issue is to showcase the latest research and advances in this area, particularly on the microstructures and durability of various types of cement-based materials. Original research papers, state-of-the-art reviews, communications, and discussions are welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Jeong Gook Jang
Dr. Solmoi Park
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- Cement-based materials
- Alternative binders
- Characterization of material.