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Special Issue "Petrography of Construction Materials: Compositional, Mineralogical and Textural Features"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Department of Engineering and Geology (InGeo), University of G. d'Annunzio Chieti and Pescara, Chieti, Italy
Interests: crystal-chemistry of amphiboles, pyroxenes, garnets and feldspathoids; high-T, low-T and high-P phase transitions; solidification (nucleation and crystallization) of natural and synthetic silicate liquids; petrology of volcanic rocks; textures, fabrics and kinematics of lavas and dikes; rock physics; textures, fabrics and strain history of fault rocks; construction materials; CDW (construction and demolition waste)
Natural and man-made construction materials have been used from many centuries. Indeed, aggregates, cements, mortars, concretes, bricks, tiles, or, in general, any rock-like ceramic are, by far, the most processed and exploited materials by man. Appearance, provenance, fabrication, strength, durability, insulation, failure, uses, etc., or, in general, peculiarities and macroscopic physico-chemical properties of building materials rely on three main aspects of their constituting phases: i) chemical composition (bulk and micro) or geochemistry, ii) crystalline and non-crystalline attributes, i.e., mineralogy, and iii) size, shape, distribution, orientation, etc., of particles and voids, i.e., textures. These three aspects deliver the petrographic descriptions of construction materials and are quantified using several analytical methods: Optical microscopy, SEM, diffraction methods, XRF, EPMA, ICP-MS, FTIR, Raman, TEM, tomography, plus many others. These petrographic examinations are used in many scientific, technical and industrial branches, such as Earth and material Sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, archaeometry, forensic, and toxicology.
This Special Issue intends to unite researchers and experts using petrographic methods on the investigation of ancient and modern construction materials, as well as their wastes labelled CDW (construction and demolition wastes).
Prof. Gianluca Iezzi
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