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Special Issue "Durability Assessment of Stone-Built Heritage"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 149

Special Issue Editors

Barreiro School of Technology-Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Rua Américo da Silva Marinho, 2839-001 Lavradio, Portugal
Interests: conservation of stone; rock and soil mechanics; geotechnical works; energy
Department of Civil Engineering, NOVA University of Lisbon, Caparica, Portugal
Interests: strengthening of structures; FRP composite structures; stone masonry structures; precast concrete structures; cyclic tests; materials and durability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Stone is one of the most durable materials used by mankind to create art, shelter and life-support infrastructures. Remarkable evidence of human building and conservation skills is demonstrated by the stone monuments of several civilizations. Weathering is responsible for the natural degradation of stone and other building materials, as it caused due to deterioration agents changing their chemical/mineralogical, physical and mechanical properties. The assessment of weathering in time has provided major insight into estimating the durability of ancient building materials through the results of destructive, quasi non-destructive and non-destructive tests and observations carried out to obtain its properties’ evolution. In the laboratory, accelerated ageing tests are being utilized to artificially deteriorate building materials as an approach to achieve natural or outdoor weathering occurrence. Surveying and modelling the progression of weathering on the building materials of stone-built heritage has been the most frequently used way to contribute to the knowledge of durability regarding these materials.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following, which are related to the topic of durability:

  • Bio-weathering;
  • Chemical weathering;
  • Physical and mechanical weathering;
  • Art history;
  • Conservation;
  • Architectural heritage;
  • AI and machine learning;
  • Economic, social and environmental impact of stone-built weathering;
  • Weathering and durability on decision-making ability.

Dr. Marco Ludovico Marques
Prof. Dr. Carlos Chastre
Guest Editors

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  • durability
  • stone heritage
  • weathering
  • building materials

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