Special Issue "Minerals and Other Phases in Constructional Geomaterials"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2020).
Interests: geology of mineral resources; industrial minerals and rocks; constructional geomaterials; natural stone; mortar; render; hydraulic binders; lime; bricks; mineral/phase composition; rock mechanics; quantitative methods for rock fabric; petrographic image analysis; material testing; material research of cultural heritage objects; weathering and decay of constructional geomaterials; provenance analysis of natural stone
Interests: construction materials; natural stone; mortar; render; hydraulic binders; lime; bricks; mineral/phase composition; engineering geology; material testing; monuments; cultural heritage; decay; radioactive waste disposal; landslides
Constructional geomaterials are key mineral raw materials contributing to more than 70% of total mineral raw materials extracted from the lithosphere annually. Being genetically linked with processes in upper parts of the solid Earth, they are primarily composed of minerals that built up the respective source rocks. The processing of selected constructional geomaterials (e.g., inorganic binders, structural ceramics) results in phase transformation—the newly formed phases are essential for functionality of these materials. Once being used in construction (e.g., residential/non-residential buildings, infrastructural projects, heritage structures, artistic objects), minerals in rocks and/or phases in processed constructional geomaterials have to fulfil certain roles, specifically when contributing to the structural stability and to durability (service life) of the respective usages. The interaction of constructional geomaterials with the surrounding environment leads to the partial transformation of original phases on the interface, resulting in the formation of decayed layers, exocrusts, etc., with each being characterized by specific phase composition. Therefore, the knowledge of the mineral/inorganic phase composition of constructional geomaterials is fundamental in terms of the effective usage of mineral raw materials in relation to sustainable development, in the effective planning of their service life, or in the understanding of historical technologies of materials used in cultural heritage objects.
This Special Issue aims to collect papers that will show the importance of studies related to mineral(phase)-compositional aspects of constructional geomaterials focusing both on raw materials and final products, with an outlook to their physical properties and/or durability. Papers describing wide ranges of new materials, final products, and historic resources, such as natural stone, crushed stone, sand and gravel, clay, inorganic binders (cement, lime, natural cements, hydraulic lime, gypsum and other renders) organic compounds, earth, and adobe are welcome. This Special Issue is also dedicated to the mineralogical aspects of material testing, the geological characterization of construction materials, in-situ and laboratory testing of geomaterials in natural and built environments.
Prof. Dr. Richard Přikryl
Prof. Dr. Ákos Török
Manuscript Submission Information
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- construction geomaterials
- natural stone
- crushed stone
- sand and gravel
- hydraulic binders
- mineral/phase composition
- engineering geology
- material testing
- cultural heritage
- sustainable development
- service life