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Special Issue "Ultrahigh-Performance Concrete"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Moncef L. Nehdi

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University, London, Ontario N6A 5B9, Canada
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Interests: cement and concrete technology; durability and repair of concrete infrastructure; self-healing and biomimicry in concrete; phase change materials in construction; stimuli-responsive and multifunctional materials; sustainability and eco-efficient materials; civil infrastructure resilience; integrated and multi-scale testing; added manufacturing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The annual cost of corrosion related damage in reinforced concrete structures worldwide exceeds five trillion dollars. Meanwhile, the cement and concrete industry has become a major consumer of natural resources and generator of greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, the sustainability and durability of concrete have gained strategic importance. Ultrahigh-performance concrete (UHPC) has recently emerged as a very promising solution for these challenges, considering its exceptional compressive strength, tensile ductility, and durability properties. Indeed, it is now possible to design and build UHPC structures that will never corrode, can sustain exposure in the harshest environments, and resist some of the most severe loading scenarios during their service life, while having a positive environmental footprint.

However, UHPC has not gained broad acceptance and integration into today’s construction market. To help overcome the hurdles facing the implementation of the UHPC technology, this Special Issue will highlight recent value-added contributions to the state-of-the-art and state of practice on UHPC. We seek high-quality research manuscripts addressing key UHPC aspects, including the following topics:

  • measurement and control of the rheology and early-age behavior of UHPC;
  • specialty materials and novel mixture proportioning;
  • nanostructure and advanced characterization of UHPC;
  • sustainability and novel binders with low-CO2 footprint;
  • mechanical performance under extreme loading, impact, blast, and fire;
  • durability in severe exposure environments;
  • life cycle assessment;
  • design principles and design guidance; applications of UHPC in bridges and buildings, precast concrete, repair and rehabilitation, seismic retrofit, field-cast connections, nuclear fuel and spent fuel storage and containment, etc.;
  • new predictive models for the behavior of UHPC, and other novel research that pushes the envelope of innovation and application of UHPC.
Prof. Dr. Moncef L. Nehdi
Guest Editor

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.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • ultrahigh-performance concrete
  • rheology
  • early-age behavior
  • microstructure
  • mixture proportioning
  • mechanical load
  • durability
  • severe exposure
  • sustainability
  • life cycle analysis
  • design
  • application

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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.

1. Title: Machine Learning Predictive Model for Properties of Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Authors: Moncef Nehdi and Afshin Marani

2. Title: System Dynamics Model for Sustainability of Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Authors: Moncef Nehdi and Rashid Rehan

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