Sustainable Smart Construction Materials

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 642

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan
Interests: smart materials; construction materials; structural health monitoring; energy harvesting; structural dynamics
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Interests: lightweight cementitious composites; ferrocement and thin laminated composites; fracture and fatigue of composites; nano-materials in cementitious composites; ‘Green’ multi-functional construction materials; wind energy harvesting
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The depletion of natural resources, increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and rapidly growing challenges of industrial and construction waste management represent the major issues of urbanization. Such an alarming scenario has urged governments worldwide to seriously ponder over practical and worthy solutions which may conserve the natural resources and promote sustainable development around the globe. Developed countries are even stepping ahead by focusing and working with modern techniques and advancements. These techniques involve ‘green’ construction materials, zero energy buildings, durable infrastructures, and smart building materials. These advanced explorations also incorporate self-sensing and self-healing materials. Today, the ultimate objective of progressing towards smart cities involves the evolution of research in sustainable smart construction materials, which is the need of the hour.

Recently, many researchers are actively contributing towards the development of green construction materials, self-healing and self-sensing materials, piezoelectric materials, energy harvesting devices, thermal insulating composites, and fiber-reinforced composites which may be used for structural fabrication, repair and maintenance, and structural health monitoring. The use of both conventional and non-conventional materials is, thus, increasing steadily. New materials are being proposed or prepared for improved structural behavior. Likewise, recycling is also encouraged for minimizing waste and lowering the overall cost of structures. As a result, stronger, more durable, cost-effective, and sustainable materials are being developed, while the pursuit of further improvement is expected to advance the knowledge for smart cities.

The motivation behind this Special Issue is to share concepts, approaches, techniques, and deployment strategies on the improvement of smart construction materials, thereby ensuring prosperity, competitiveness, efficiency, and sustainability at various socioeconomic levels.

We encourage high-quality, original submissions of innovative research providing significant contributions to the theory and practice of sustainable and smart materials for the construction of building structures that are more efficient, resilient, cost-effective, and sustainable.

Dr. Muhammad Usman
Dr. Asad Hanif
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • smart cities
  • sustainability
  • smart materials
  • sustainable materials
  • cementitious composites
  • green construction materials
  • self-healing composites
  • fiber-reinforced composites
  • secondary raw materials
  • self-sensing materials
  • bio-inspired materials
  • thermoelectric materials
  • piezoelectric materials
  • energy materials
  • energy storage materials
  • energy-efficient buildings

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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