Special Issue "New Findings of Portland Cementitious Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assist. Adj. Prof. Magdalena Balonis
Guest Editor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Interests: cement chemistry and mineralogy; thermodynamic modeling; chloride in cement; characterization techniques for cement-based materials; conservation of cultural heritage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The discovery and exploitation of materials has greatly influenced our advancement as a civilization and enabled great improvements in our quality of life. This is especially true in the case of the materials of modern construction, viz. cement, concrete, and steel, which have led to the emplacement of buildings and infrastructure which fulfill functions ranging from human habitation structures, to sanitation and water conveyance systems and infrastructure. While, unarguably, cement, concrete (i.e., a mixture of cement, sand, stone, and water), and steel have found extensive use in the construction of building and infrastructure—e.g., in the construction of framed steel and reinforced concrete structures—the environmental impact of these materials poses foundational challenges. For example, at the current level of production—around 4.2 B tons in 2018—cement alone is responsible for nearly 9% of global CO2 emissions. This number is only expected to grow as development-related construction in Asia and Africa further expands the scale of cement production. This is an issue not only for the obvious impacts on climate change, but also because the imposition of CO2 penalties is expected to, in time, double the price of cement. The implications of this are straightforward, i.e., materials engineers working in the civil engineering field need to:

  • Identify alternate materials: Identify compositionally optimal, low-CO2 materials which can be used to replace and thereby reduce the use of cement as the binder in concrete or propose novel, functionally effective, and environmentally friendly construction materials;
  • Extend the service-life of infrastructure: Develop functional pathways to mitigate steel corrosion, which is unarguably the leading cause of premature structural decay of infrastructure.

Taking all of the above into consideration, this Special Issue aims to highlight recent findings and provide useful guidelines or problem solution options to consider for scientists and engineers dealing with sustainability and durability of the construction materials.

Assist. Adj. Prof. Magdalena Balonis
Guest Editor

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  • corrosion
  • durability
  • sustainability
  • low CO2 cements
  • admixtures
  • cement alternatives

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Effects of Calcination Conditions on the Formation and Hydration Performance of High-Alite White Portland Cement Clinker
Materials 2020, 13(3), 494; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13030494 - 21 Jan 2020
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of sintering temperature and sintering time on mineral composition of high-alite white Portland cement clinker and hydration activity of the clinker. Effects of sintering temperature and sintering time on clinker mineral composition, C [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of sintering temperature and sintering time on mineral composition of high-alite white Portland cement clinker and hydration activity of the clinker. Effects of sintering temperature and sintering time on clinker mineral composition, C3S polymorph and size and hydration heat release rate were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry&Thermogravimetric Analysis (DSC-TG) and isothermal heat-conduction calorimetry. Results shown that, with the increase of sintering temperature (1450–1525 °C) and sintering time (60–240 min), free lime (f-CaO) in clinker decreased, C3S grain size increased, and C3S crystal type changed from T3 to M type and R type, which exhibits higher symmetry. The hydration activity of different C3S crystals ranged from high to low as follows: T3→M1→M3→[email protected] Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Findings of Portland Cementitious Materials)
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