Special Issue "Properties and Durability of Advanced Concrete and Novel Construction Composites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022.

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Prof. Dr. Zbyšek Pavlík
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Department of Materials Engineering and Chemistry, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: construction materials; building physics; materials testing; materials processing
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Dear Colleagues,

Durability of building materials is a popular and crucial term meaning the ability for long time performance. In general it is the period of service life of a given material under specified conditions of the environment and construction assembly. Technically speaking there are no durable or not durable materials, there are only materials that under certain climatic conditions and interaction with other materials may last longer or shorter period of time. In respect to sustainability, the durability of construction products clearly refers to economic and environmental issues as limited service life increases the cost of constructions, leads to the production of undesired and often hazardous waste, negatively affects the energy performance of buildings, etc.  Concrete and construction composites are worldwide the most often used materials in the construction sector whose development and exploration towards advanced and high-performance products is today very intensive especially with respect to application of novel types materials, such as nano-additives, nano-reinforcement, and active mineral admixtures. However, despite of high level of knowledge achieved in the design, development, and manufacturing of prospective, alternative, and multi-functional materials, there must be invested effort of finding high-performance, sustainable, and eco-efficient construction materials that can compete or even surpass traditional concrete and  composites available today on construction market. Except the complete assessment of properties and behavior of these novel products, their durability with respect to their long time performance is of the particular performance. This Special Issue is therefore dedicated to recent research works aimed at the durability of building materials and components to contribute to the systematization and dissemination of knowledge related to the long-term performance and durability of construction, and simultaneously to show the most recent advances in this domain. The Special Issue will provide collection of new developments in the field of durability of advanced building materials, systems, and components, their characterization, service life prediction methodologies, and maintenance management. I believe, the Special Issue will be a resume of the current stage of knowledge for the benefits of professional colleagues, such as material engineers, designers, production engineers, etc.

Prof. Zbyšek Pavlík
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Advanced concrete
  • Novel Construction Composites
  • Characterization and Assessment
  • Durability
  • Long-term performance
  • Service life prediction
  • Salt attack
  • Moisture induced damage
  • Frost resistance
  • Hygrothermal performance

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Lightweight Vapor-Permeable Plasters for Building Repair Detailed Experimental Analysis of the Functional Properties
Materials 2021, 14(10), 2613; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14102613 - 17 May 2021
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Three types of lightweight plasters for building repair were prepared and tested. The composition of plasters was designed in respect to their compatibility with materials used in the past in historical masonry. For the hardened plasters, detailed testing of microstructural and macrostructural parameters [...] Read more.
Three types of lightweight plasters for building repair were prepared and tested. The composition of plasters was designed in respect to their compatibility with materials used in the past in historical masonry. For the hardened plasters, detailed testing of microstructural and macrostructural parameters was realized together with the broad experimental campaign focused on the assessment of mechanical, hygric, and thermal properties. As the researched plasters should find use in salt-laden masonry, specific attention was paid to the testing of their durability against salt crystallization. The mechanical resistance, porosity, water vapor transmission properties, and water transport parameters of all the researched plasters safely met criteria of WTA directive 2-9-04/D and standard EN 998-1 imposed on repair mortars. Moreover, the tested materials were ranked as lightweight plasters and due to their low thermal conductivity they can be used for the improvement of thermal performance of repaired masonry. The salt crystallization test caused little or no damage of the plasters, which was due to their high porosity that provided free space for salt crystallization. The developed plasters can be recommended for application in repair of damp and salt masonry and due to their compatible composition also in historical, culture heritage buildings. The added value of plasters is also their good thermal insulation performance. Full article
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The Impact of Graphene and Diatomite Admixtures on the Performance and Properties of High-Performance Magnesium Oxychloride Cement Composites
Materials 2020, 13(24), 5708; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13245708 - 14 Dec 2020
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A high-performance magnesium oxychloride cement (MOC) composite composed of silica sand, diatomite powder, and doped with graphene nanoplatelets was prepared and characterized. Diatomite was used as a 10 vol.% replacement for silica sand. The dosage of graphene was 0.5 wt.% of the sum [...] Read more.
A high-performance magnesium oxychloride cement (MOC) composite composed of silica sand, diatomite powder, and doped with graphene nanoplatelets was prepared and characterized. Diatomite was used as a 10 vol.% replacement for silica sand. The dosage of graphene was 0.5 wt.% of the sum of the MgO and MgCl2·6H2O masses. The broad product characterization included high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses. The macrostructural parameters, pore size distribution, mechanical resistance, stiffness, hygric and thermal parameters of the composites matured for 28-days were also the subject of investigation. The combination of diatomite and graphene nanoplatelets greatly reduced the porosity and average pore size in comparison with the reference material composed of MOC and silica sand. In the developed composites, well stable and mechanically resistant phase 5 was the only precipitated compound. Therefore, the developed composite shows high compactness, strength, and low water imbibition which ensure high application potential of this novel type of material in the construction industry. Full article
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