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Special Issue "Mechanisms of Degradation and Durability of Concrete"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2024 | Viewed by 150

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin, Poland
Interests: concrete technologies; construction materials; concrete material technology; building materials; concrete durability
Department of Construction Technology and Organization, Politechnika Swietokrzyska w Kielcach, 25-314 Kielce, Poland
Interests: concrete; aggregate; mechanical properties; strength; modulus of elasticity; stress – strain relationship; durability of cement composites; sulphate attack on cement composites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Concrete is a commonly used material in the construction industry that needs to maintain good performance properties to obtain its the longest possible service life. The influence of external factors often has a negative impact on concrete, and thus on the operation of building structures, by changing its physical, mechanical, or chemical parameters. Internal factors can also negatively affect the durability of concrete, e.g., alkali–aggregate reactions. They often cause stresses and volumetric strains in the cement paste and concrete. As a result, a progressive degradation of the material can be observed. The cracking of concrete under the influence of deformations additionally facilitates the penetration of aggressive compounds into the structure. Many years of use of concrete building structures leads to the necessity of costly repairs and renovations. This can be avoided by increasing the durability of concrete through, among other things, the correct selection of qualitative and quantitative components or protecting the material against aggressive external factors. However, in order to make such choices, it is very useful to improve out understanding of the causes and mechanisms of concrete degradation.

The subject of This Special Issue covers a wide range of issues related to the deformability of concrete and its resistance to aggressive physico-mechanical and chemical interactions, e.g. cyclic freezing and thawing, abrasion, carbonation, the presence of chlorides and sulphates in the environment, soil and groundwater, and others. It also includes methods for increasing the durability of concrete.

Dr. Jacek Góra
Prof. Dr. Wojciech Piasta
Guest Editors

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  • durability of concrete
  • concrete destruction mechanisms
  • deformability of concrete
  • resistance of concrete to aggressive factors
  • methods for increasing the durability of concrete

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