Special Issue "Novel and Sustainable Civil Engineering Materials: Eco-Design, Properties and New Processing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
Interests: recycling and waste materials in material-based cements; recycled concretes; alternative binders; durability; civil engineering; service life design; new interfacial transition zone in recycled concretes; life cycle assessment; real applications
Interests: nonconventional materials; innovative construction; alternative binders; fiber cement composites; vegetable fiber; bamboo for construction; sustainability; durability; rural construction; residue recycling
In recent years, investigations focusing on nonconventional materials have been gaining attention in research, development and innovation. Aiming to bring together contributions from the more active international groups in this field, we are organizing this Special Issue on "Novel and Sustainable Civil Engineering Materials: Eco-Design, Properties and New Processing”. The main envisaged topics for the Special Issue are as follows: engineered vegetable and other natural fibers as reinforcing elements; alternative inorganic binders based on agricultural and industrial wastes; new secondary materials from waste in the manufacture of eco-concretes; processing and characterization of nonconventional cementitious composites; durable and robust housing solutions; low-embodied-energy constructive components and systems.
The main envisaged audience includes academic and industrial fellows interested in research, development and innovation in inorganic/organic bonded composites, efficient processing and eco-design of constructive solutions, contributing to the implementation of circular economy concepts in the construction sector. This Special Issue can be used in graduate and undergraduate courses in subjects such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, material science, biosystems engineering and architecture.
Many innovative solutions (such as bamboo-based components, additive manufacturing and the development of constructive systems for the optimization of construction/deconstruction operations) are increasingly being used both in developing and industrialized regions of the planet. There are key aspects to be understood for the correct preparation of residual or recycled materials before they are put into real-scale utilization. Binders and concretes are considered an important source of research for this kind of application as they can be designed for partial or even total substitution of conventional ones such as ordinary Portland cement or natural aggregates. The other important topics involve processing, characterization, durability studies and proper utilization of those new categories of materials. The papers will bring a complete overview of the main concepts and information needed for the development of innovative construction and the design of building components based on alternative materials and techniques.
Prof. César Medina Martínez
Prof. Holmer Savastano Junior
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- Mineral additions for cement-based materials
- New secondary materials from waste for eco-concretes
- Phase-change materials and fiber-reinforced composites
- Vegetable fibers for civil construction applications
- Durability assessment of nonconventional materials
- Engineered bamboo-, particleboard- and wood-related materials
- Life cycle assessment applied to civil construction
- Eco-design approach and 3D-printing-related technologies
- New processes for construction and deconstruction
- Earth-based construction materials
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.
Title: Magnesia (MgO) Production and Characterization and Its Influence on the Performance of Cementitious Materials: A Review
Authors: Jorge de Brito et al
Affiliation: University of Lisbon
Title: Sustainable approaches to develop green composites reinforced with textile waste for construction and building applications
Authors: Bijoy Behera et al
Affiliation: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Title: Industrial Low-Clinker Precast Elements using Recycled Aggregates
Authors: Carlos Thomas et al
Affiliation: Université de Lyon
Title: Review-Thermal Energy Storage by the Encapsulation of Phase-Change Materials in Building Elements
Authors: Alejandro Manzano-Ramírez et al
Affiliation: Cinvestav, México