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Special Issue "Effect of Additives/Admixtures on the Properties of Concretes and Cementitious Composites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2024 | Viewed by 393

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mengjun Chen
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Guest Editor
Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Research Center, School of Qilu Transportation, Xinglong Mountain Campus, Shandong University, No. 12550, East Second Ring Road, Jinan 250002, China
Interests: low-carbon cementitious materials; functional admixtures for cement-based/solid waste-based materials; new materials for tunnelling and underground construction
Dr. Jiwen Bai
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Guest Editor Assistant
Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Research Center, School of Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Building, Qianfoshan Campus, Shandong University, No. 17923, Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061, China
Interests: development of grouting materials and the mechanism of reinforcement diffusion; investigation of cementitious materials derived from solid waste and their practical implementation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In today's cement and concrete industry, chemical admixtures have become one of the essential components of cement-based materials. The addition of a certain amount of chemical admixture to cement concrete can improve the defects of the cementitious material itself or improve the performance of the cementitious material.

There is a wide range of chemical admixtures in cement concrete, such as water-reducing agents, retarders, early strength agents, accelerators, quick setting agents, air-entraining agents, etc. However, regardless of the admixture added to achieve a particular effect, the addition of admixture will affect the cement hydration process. With the high performance of cement and concrete and the wide application of various chemical admixtures and mineral admixtures, the systematic study of the effect of various admixtures on cement hydration is of great theoretical and engineering significance in terms of understanding the interaction between different chemical admixtures and cement and regulating the hydration process of cement.

This Special Issue will bring together the latest developments in the field of concrete admixtures. Articles in this Special Issue will cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the preparation of new concrete admixtures, alkali-activated material admixtures, and high-performance composite admixtures.

Dr. Mengjun Chen
Dr. Jiwen Bai
Guest Editors

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  • concrete admixtures
  • chemical admixture
  • cement hydration
  • cementitious materials
  • solid waste utilization
  • property modulation

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Analysis of Durability of Watertight Concretes Modified with the Addition of Fly Ash
Materials 2023, 16(17), 5742; - 22 Aug 2023
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The growing demand for watertight concrete structures is conducive to the development of research in this area, but their results are rarely published. In order to partially fill this gap, the authors of the publication present the results of research into the effect [...] Read more.
The growing demand for watertight concrete structures is conducive to the development of research in this area, but their results are rarely published. In order to partially fill this gap, the authors of the publication present the results of research into the effect of fly ash addition on the watertightness of concrete. Prior to the tests, a recipe for a concrete mix with the addition of a sealing admixture modified with fly ash was developed. The following properties were analyzed: consistency of the concrete mix, air content in the concrete mix, compressive strength of concrete, depth of penetration of water under pressure, and frost resistance of concrete for F150 level. The work meets the expectations of the construction industry with respect to the production of concrete structures resistant not only to the penetration of water into concrete but also resistant to aggressive substances dissolved in water that accelerate the destruction of concrete and corrosion of reinforcement bars. Based on the test results, it was found that the addition of fly ash to the concrete mix enhances the positive impact of the applied sealing admixture, increasing the tightness of the concrete. It reduces the depth of penetration of water under pressure and therefore increases the frost resistance of concrete. Full article
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