Special Issue "Development, Characterization and Evaluation of Advanced and Sustainable Cement-Based Materials"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Materials, and Repair & Renovation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 1594

Special Issue Editors

Gokongwei College of Engineering, De La Salle University, Manila 0922, Philippines
Interests: geopolymers; waste management; decision analysis; circular economy; X-ray microtomography
Division of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 0608628, Japan
Interests: durability; characterization; by-products; functional materials; microstructures; synchrotron X-ray

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The building and construction industry is responsible for massive consumption of natural resources, along with significantly high embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions. This Special Issue focuses on the development of cement-based materials and pertinent technologies which will advance the sustainability of the building and construction industry. The topics shall highlight not only the advances in material science and engineering that contribute to the development of future climate-smart construction materials, but also the potential application of life-cycle sustainability assessment of products and structures that incorporate cement. Contributions from academic researchers and practitioners in the form of original research papers, case reports, short communications and review papers are encouraged to stimulate discussion on sustainable materials design from conception and application to structures, as well as their evaluation throughout their complete life cycle. This Special Issue thus aims to present a collection of articles on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Synthesis of novel cementitious materials (e.g., lightweight geopolymer/concrete, fiber-reinforced alkali-activated material, etc).
  • Characterization techniques and modeling with advanced microscopy and spectroscopic techniques, X-ray microtomography, among others.
  • Novel experimental techniques for the testing of materials, products, and structures and their applications.
  • Novel diagnosis, retrofitting, and repair techniques for concrete structures.
  • Integrated visualization as well as computational and systems engineering tools to measure and communicate the sustainability attributes of products and structures containing cement (multi-criteria analysis, life-cycle analysis, expert system, BIM, etc.).

Prof. Dr. Michael Angelo B. Promentilla
Prof. Dr. Takafumi Sugiyama
Guest Editors

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  • characterization techniques
  • novel testing
  • multi-scale modeling
  • microstructure
  • durability
  • X-ray computed tomography
  • geopolymer
  • low-carbon concrete
  • life-cycle sustainability assessment
  • retrofitting and repair

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Enhanced Strength, Durability, and Microstructural Attributes of Graphene Oxide-Modified Ultrafine Slag Cement Mortar
Buildings 2022, 12(12), 2199; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12122199 - 12 Dec 2022
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The work described in this paper assays in detail the improvements in the prominent features of cement mortar cube (CMC) specimens by blending them with 53 grade ordinary Portland cement (OPC), ultrafine slag (UFS), river sand, and graphene oxide (GO). These combinations were [...] Read more.
The work described in this paper assays in detail the improvements in the prominent features of cement mortar cube (CMC) specimens by blending them with 53 grade ordinary Portland cement (OPC), ultrafine slag (UFS), river sand, and graphene oxide (GO). These combinations were evaluated to determine which mixture best provided impressive strength attributes to the mortar. GO, in four different quantities, was explored as a blend (0.01%, 0.02%, 0.03%, and 0.04%). The combination with 10% UFS and 0.03% GO-infused CMCs exhibited improved compressive strength compared to all samples after being cured for three, seven, and twenty-eight days. The higher performance of the 10% UFS and 0.03% GO mortar cubes was further endorsed by durability and microstructural tests, such as water absorption, sorptivity, ultrasonic pulse velocity, rapid chloride permeability, electric resistivity, carbonation, FE-SEM/EDX, and XRD. From all the results, it was evident that the mortar containing 10% UFS and 0.03% GO has the best properties for shielding it from deterioration and may be employed as an augmenting structural material in the construction sector. Full article
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