Sustainable Approaches for Developing Concrete and Mortar
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 5202
Interests: experimental and numerical characterization of cement-based materials; sustainable approach in developing cement and concrete; fiber reinforced concrete
Interests: material/structural sustainability; materials engineering; fiber-reinforced polymer-reinforced structures; corrosion resistivity; material/structural durability; FRP strengthening of concrete structures; innovative structural systems
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We are calling for papers for a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability to shed light on the most sustainable approaches for developing concrete and mortar.
Concrete and mortar, which basically consist of different constituents such as binding materials, aggregate, water, and admixture materials, are some of the most widely used construction materials in the world. However, the extensive increase in the rate of industrialization and urbanization, as a result of the parallel growth in economy and population, has made conventional concrete/mortar one of the most unsustainable materials, as it consumes a high amount of natural resources and impacts the environment. For instance, the production of Portland cement, as an essential constituent of concrete/mortar, releases a significant amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Another example is the extraction of natural aggregates for developing concrete/mortar, which causes soil erosion and ecosystem destruction. Thus, the introduction and application of sustainable solutions for the production of the more environmentally friendly concretes/mortars (e.g., by adopting alternative recycled waste materials that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, collaborate in construction and demolition waste management, and conserve non-renewable resources) is of paramount importance for the building sector in order to deal with environmental issues.
This Special Issue encourages the submission of research papers that present novel methods and sustainable approaches for developing concrete and mortar. We also welcome original research that utilizes environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) methods to evaluate the effect of sustainable solutions on reducing the environmental impact of concrete/mortar production.
The papers submitted to this Special Issue will undergo a rigorous peer review procedure similar to the other issues of Sustainability, with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Dr. Ali Edalat Behbahani
Dr. Fatemeh Soltanzadeh
Dr. Amin Abrishambaf
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- sustainable cementitious materials
- recycled aggregate concrete/mortar
- recycled fiber reinforced cementitious composites
- life cycle assessment (LCA)
- LCA inventory data
- pozzolanic materials
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Assessment the sustainability of fibre reinforced concrete by considering both environmental and mechanical properties
Authors: Fatemeh Soltanzadeh1, Ali E. Behbahani1, Carlos A. Teixeira2, Kasra Hossein Mostofi1
Affiliation: 1ISISE, Dep. of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Univ. of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal 2Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB), Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal
Abstract: Application of recycled products in the construction industry, as a solution for tackling negative environmental impacts of continuous material extraction and waste generation, is hamstrung due to perceptions of lower quality, and uncertain performance benefits. In the present study, the possibility of employing tire recycled steel fibers (RSF) as a substitution to industrial steel fibers (ISF) for developing more sustainable fiber reinforced concretes was explored by adopting a life-cycle approach, integrated environmental and mechanical properties. Four different fiber reinforced self-compacting concretes, FRSCCs, were tailored by means of replacing partially/totally (i.e. 0%, 50%, 67%, 100% mass of) the ISFs with the recycled ones. The effect of applying various dosages of RSFs on mechanical behavior of FRSCC, namely: compressive, splitting tensile and flexural strengths, were compared experimentally with the performance of the concrete solely reinforced with the ISFs. The environmental impacts associated with the production of each FRSCC were also assessed through life-cycle analysis. The potentiality of the RSFs to be used as concrete reinforcement with a comparable mechanical performance to that of ISF reinforced concrete and with a lower environmental footprint was evaluated by considering the results of both environmental and mechanical assessments. This study confirms the promising prospects for the application of scrap tire fibers in developing more eco-efficient and sustainable reinforced concrete.