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Special Issue "Modelling and Analysis of Concrete Degradation"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Construction and Building Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 102

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padua, 35131 Padova, Italy
Interests: finite element method; computational mechanics; constitutive modeling; concrete; soils; multiscale modeling; coupled problems
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padova, 35122 Padova, Italy
Interests: use of recycled components for structural materials; reinforced concrete structures design and assessment; seismic assessment of reinforced concrete structures; assessment; rehabilitation; strengthening and retrofit of buildings and bridges
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Prof. Dr. Ignacio Carol
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School of Civil Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: numerical modelling; zero-thickness interface elements; multiscale modelling; coupled processes; concrete; geomaterials; fracture mechanics; concrete durability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The deterioration of concrete is a fundamental issue, and its complete understanding is, to date, an open task.

When subjected to increasing mechanical loads, this material initially develops distributed micro-cracks, some of which then, by coalescence, may lead to localized macro-cracks, while the rest of the micro-cracks unload. Its highly heterogeneous nature also plays a key role in the cracking process.

Over the past decades, several models have been proposed to describe these complex mechanisms, and many are currently under study. These include classical models based on the continuous approach, smeared and discrete cohesive crack models, and more recent techniques such as XFEM, phase field, etc. In addition, as mentioned above, since it is a highly heterogeneous material, multiscale models, such as micro- or meso-mechanical ones, have also been developed based on the physics of microstructures.

However, degradation is caused by mechanical as well as environmental loads, and the effect of the latter is crucial because of the interaction effects and the coupling of the properties of heat transport, humidity, and chemical agents with the mechanical response. Therefore, multiphysics models, including mechanical and creep/diffusion/transport equations, are needed for a proper understanding and evaluation of the potential degradation mechanisms that may affect concrete and act simultaneously.

Further, the addition of recycled materials, both as alternative binder or aggregates, increases the uncertainty of its response under mechanical and environmental loads, requiring proper experimental testing to calibrate and validate novel detailed and simplified models for reinforced concrete life cycle evaluation.

This Special Issue will gather contributions on all those and related topics, including experimental, theoretical, and numerical modeling of concrete degradation.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Construction Materials.

Dr. Giovanna Xotta
Dr. Flora Faleschini
Prof. Dr. Ignacio Carol
Guest Editors

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  • concrete
  • degradation
  • modeling
  • multiscale
  • multiphysics
  • recycled materials
  • life cycle

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