Special Issue "Sustainable Cementitious Materials for the Construction Industry"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 November 2018)
Prof. Dr. Miguel-Ángel Climent
University of Alicante, Department of Civil Engineering, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Interests: construction materials and structures; durability; sustainability; marine environment; corrosion of steel reinforcement in concrete; transport properties through concrete; non-destructive characterization
Prof. Dr. José Marcos Ortega
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Interests: sustainable construction and building materials, new supplementary cementitious materials, performance of eco-friendly materials and structures exposed to real hardening environments and non-optimum exposure conditions, microstructure, durability, mechanical properties, non-destructive characterization, sustainability assessment
The construction industry plays a central role in efforts towards achieving a sustainable development, because of its size and ubiquity. Concrete is the most-used construction material, both for residential buildings and infrastructure. Portland cement production is an industrial sector, which, despite being a high contributor to CO2 emissions, has made significant efforts towards sustainability by increasing energy efficiency, using alternative or renewable fuels, and by replacing considerable proportions of clinker with supplementary cementitious materials. These latter are termed "additions to cement" and include fly ash, blast furnace slag, silica fume, natural volcanic pozzolanic materials, rice husk ash, limestone powder, calcined clays, etc. Many of these additions are wastes or by-products of other industries, thus leading to a double benefit in terms of sustainability, since they reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and reduce waste treating and disposal needs.
Another key contribution to sustainability has come from the introduction of the idea of using aggregates obtained from construction and demolition wastes. Mineral aggregates are beginning to face shortages in certain countries, or their extraction is progressively subjected to severe environmental normative restrictions. Special mention needs to be included here to emerging fields, such as geopolymer-like cementitious materials. The binding properties of these materials are obtained, excluding the use of Portland cement clinker, through alkaline activation of slags, fly ash, etc. We must finally consider that all the above-mentioned creative initiatives for obtaining more sustainable materials need the guarantee that we obtain adequate levels of mechanical load bearing and durability properties for constructions.
The present Special Issue of Sustainability welcomes research papers reporting on studies that deal with new or classic cementitious materials, or strategies aiming to increase the sustainability and the durability of constructive elements and structures.
Prof. Dr. Miguel Ángel Climent
Prof. Dr. Isidro Sánchez
Prof. Dr. José Marcos Ortega
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- Supplementary cementitious materials
- Fly ash
- Pozzolanic materials
- Silica fume
- Calcined clays
- Recycled aggregates
- Geopolymer cements