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Green Paths towards High-Performance Sustainable Concrete and Cement Materials

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 6 May 2024 | Viewed by 1632

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, ISISE, ARISE, Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: concrete; concrete durability; concrete admixtures; life-cycle assessment; LCA; sustainability; cement materials
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, ISISE, ARISE, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: structural analysis safety; structural engineering; safety and reliability; predictive modeling; mechanical testing; mechanical characterization; mechanical properties; civil engineering; earthquake engineering; construction; building; construction materials; building materials; civil engineering materials; concrete technologies; nondestructive testing
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Dear Colleagues,

A global imperative for sustainable construction has emerged as a pressing issue, standing at a pivotal moment that calls for immediate action. Fortunately, the introduction of eco-friendly materials has simultaneously revolutionized conventional concrete and cement materials and transcended the boundaries of traditional construction practices towards a greener future. Safeguarding the delicate ecosystem and pursuing the development of high-performance concrete and cementitious materials are fundamental twofold missions that must be considered comprehensively. The current Special Issue aims to gather novel approaches towards sustainable concrete and collect assessments of their implementation level. Minimizing carbon footprints, controlling energy consumption, and reducing dependence on finite raw material resources are continuously pursued towards sustainability by reusing and recycling unconventional materials. This pursuit could entail the deliberate substitution of conventional mix design materials for green materials like non-potable water and recycled materials instead of cement and aggregates without compromising strength and durability properties. The critical importance of these eco-friendly strategies lies not only in their positive impact on the environment but also in their potential economic benefits. These green paths are capable of being environmentally and economically viable and scalable, and their considerations towards widespread adaptation and integration are requisite.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:  low-cement concrete, concrete sustainability, concrete durability, sustainability, green construction, and sustainable cement materials.

I/We look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Dr. Elisabete R. Teixeira
Dr. Hélder Sousa
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainability
  • green construction
  • concrete properties
  • green materials
  • cement materials

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Green Concrete with Glass Powder—A Literature Review
Sustainability 2023, 15(20), 14864; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152014864 - 13 Oct 2023
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Abstract
This paper represents a literature review of the effects of partially replacing cement with glass powder in concrete production, aiming to provide an enhanced elucidation of 78 published scientific articles between 2015 and 2023. Vigorous inclusion criteria were employed to accomplish this objective, [...] Read more.
This paper represents a literature review of the effects of partially replacing cement with glass powder in concrete production, aiming to provide an enhanced elucidation of 78 published scientific articles between 2015 and 2023. Vigorous inclusion criteria were employed to accomplish this objective, such as focusing only on glass powder usage instead of cement, considering both conventional and unconventional concretes, and summarizing the physical, mechanical, durability, and morphological characteristics. It has been attempted not only to discuss the factors that contribute to similarities and differences but also to interpret associations and concerns as well as propose future research directions based on the identified gaps. The literature review reveals that using glass powder looks captivating and has higher mechanical and durability properties with environmentally friendly advantages simultaneously due to its filler and pozzolanic characteristics, especially in smaller sizes. The findings of this study are expected to promote sustainable and environmentally conscious practices beyond the current scope of research. Full article
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