Special Issue "Advances in Sustainable Ceramics and Blocks Manufacturing for Construction Applications"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Civil Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 473

Special Issue Editors

School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia
Interests: structural engineering; stress-strain modelling of concrete; recycled aggregate concrete; rubberized concrete; eco-friendly building materials; mechanical and durability properties of concrete; precast concrete; sustainable burnt clay bricks; machine learning
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Civil Engineering Department, Bartin University, Bartin, Turkey
Interests: construction materials; eco-friendly clay bricks; concrete technology; recycling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Clay bricks are widely used as a building material, and the clay brick industry is one of the oldest industries around the world dating back almost 6000 years. Despite the many advantages of clay bricks, like aesthetic appearance, insulation, and load-carrying, their manufacture results in the depletion of natural clay deposits, leading to clay scarcity and other environmental concerns. Similarly, the production of building blocks comprising other construction materials, including cement, aggregates, and water, also result in natural resource depletion. From another perspective, millions of tons of municipal, industrial, agricultural, and other wastes are generated globally, resulting in waste management problems, pollution, landfill scarcity, and other environmental issues.

Due to the aforementioned problems, recycling of the waste materials in building materials is gaining attention from both engineers and the scientific community. In the past decade, numerous studies have focused on environmental issues, waste management strategies, and techniques to recycle waste in construction materials for the manufacturing of sustainable building bricks/blocks. The application of sustainable building bricks/blocks in construction projects is still limited owing to performance uncertainty, lack of extensive and industrial-scale research, and detailed life cycle analysis of such brick/blocks.

The Special Issue “Advances in Sustainable Ceramics and Block Manufacturing for Construction Applications” will focus on advances, applications, case studies, and approaches related to the eco-friendly manufacturing of clay and waste-based ceramics and concrete blocks. For this Special Issues, research and review articles as well as case studies discussing advances in technologies of clay brick/concrete block manufacturing, sustainable design, life cycle assessment, leachate analysis, and other developments in empirical and analytical relationships for predicting the performance of sustainable building materials will be considered for publication. We believe that this Special Issue will be a significant and beneficial contribution to the field of eco-friendly ceramics and blocks and the related building industry in aiming at achieving sustainability in construction materials.

Dr. Syed Minhaj Saleem Kazmi
Dr. Muhammad Junaid Munir
Prof. Osman Gencel
Guest Editors

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  • clay bricks
  • concrete blocks
  • waste recycling
  • municipal wastes
  • agricultural wastes
  • industrial wastes
  • thermal conductivity
  • physical properties
  • mechanical properties
  • performance prediction modeling
  • durability performance
  • industrial manufacturing

Published Papers

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