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Special Issue "Strengthening and Rehabilitation of Concrete and Masonry Structures"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2023 | Viewed by 407

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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, South Dakota State University, Crothers Engineering Hall 301, Box 2219, Brookings, SD 57007, USA
Interests: sustainable, smart materials and systems; infrastructure assessment and rehabilitation; bridge engineering; structural health monitoring; computational modeling
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Civil Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026, USA
Interests: structural joints; numerical methods; composite materials; blast performance; fatigue and fracture; seismic design
College of Engineering, University of Babylon, Hilla, Iraq
Interests: dynamic analysis; finite element modeling; rehabilitation of structures; structural health monitoring; composite materials
Civil Engineering Department, Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq
Interests: composite structural materials; sustainable materials; masonry structures; struc-tural strengthening and repair

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A large number of structures that provide essential services to the public and enable societal development are aging and are in dire need of rehabilitation or reconstruction. Concrete and masonry, two of the most widely used materials in structures, are degrading at an unprecedented rate because of reinforcement corrosion, natural events (e.g., earthquakes and tornados), vehicular and barge impacts, errors in design and/or in construction, the use of inferior materials in construction, changes in function, and updates to design codes. Structural rehabilitation offers multiple advantages over replacement including cost savings (in certain applications), less disruption to the structure’s function, and a much lower environmental impact. The Special Issue aims to advance and disseminate knowledge on the rehabilitation of concrete and masonry structures. The scope of this SI includes, but is not limited to, rehabilitation materials and techniques (e.g., fiber reinforced polymer (FRP), textile reinforced mortar (TRM), steel, and ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), shape memory alloy (SMA)), application type (e.g., flexure, shear, torsion, and axial confinement), bond and interfacial properties, durability and environmental effects, long term behavior, codes and standards, sustainable and green materials and systems, and seismic strengthening. Original articles that present experimental, numerical, or analytical investigations as well as emblematic case studies and state-of-the-art reviews are welcomed.

Dr. Akram Jawdhari
Dr. Alaa Elsisi
Dr. Majid M. A. Kadhim
Dr. Zuhair Al-Jaberi
Guest Editors

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  • rehabilitation and strengthening
  • retrofit
  • reinforced and prestressed concrete
  • masonry
  • UHPC
  • FRP

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Mechanical Properties of Fiber-Reinforced Permeable Geopolymer Concrete
Materials 2023, 16(17), 6030; - 01 Sep 2023
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In this paper, permeable geopolymer concrete with high compressive strength and permeability is prepared using alkali-activated metakaolin as a slurry, and its mechanical properties are reinforced by adding steel fibers. The influencing factors of the strength, porosity and permeability coefficient of the fiber-reinforced [...] Read more.
In this paper, permeable geopolymer concrete with high compressive strength and permeability is prepared using alkali-activated metakaolin as a slurry, and its mechanical properties are reinforced by adding steel fibers. The influencing factors of the strength, porosity and permeability coefficient of the fiber-reinforced permeable geopolymer concrete, as well as its microstructure and curing mechanism, are determined by conducting an unconfined compressive strength test, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The test results show that, under the water permeability required to meet the specification conditions, when the alkali activator modulus is 1.4 and the activation-to-solid ratio is 0.9, the effect of metakaolin activation is the most obvious, and the unconfined compressive strength of the permeable geopolymer concrete is the highest. Moreover, the paste formed via the alkali activation of metakaolin contains a large number of silica–oxygen and aluminum–oxygen bonds with a dense and crack-free structure, which enables the paste to tightly combine with the aggregates; the strength of the permeable geopolymer concrete is early strength, and its strength at a curing age of 3 days is the highest. The strength at a curing age of 3 days can reach 43.62% of the 28-day strength; the admixture of steel fiber can effectively improve the strength of the permeable concrete, and with an increase in the amount of admixture, the strength of the fiber shows a trend of increasing, and then decreasing. Under the conditions of this test, a volume of steel fiber of 0.3% enables the optimum unconfined compressive strength to be reached. Full article
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