About this Research Topic
Concrete mixture, which is one of the widely used construction materials, requires a large amount of aggregates and binders. Efforts to produce sustainable binders have led to the use of alternative materials such as waste and by products to replace the virgin non-renewable ingredients of the concrete, either partially or fully. The use of these alternative materials not only can provide several environmental benefits but also can lead to the production of more durable and cost-effective concretes. Durability and behavior of the concrete mixtures containing alternative materials under various loading and environmental conditions have been the focus of several previous studies.
This Research Topic focuses on the latest research findings on the broader area of the sustainability of concrete mixtures used for the construction of structures, pavements, bridge decks, and dams. Although durability of concrete mixtures has been the focus of many previous studies, there is still a lot to do in terms of exploring alternative aggregates and binders, minimizing the negative effects of adverse environmental conditions on the properties of concretes, extending the service life of concrete pavements and structures, and modeling the behavior of concrete using machine learning methods. The papers collected in this Research Topic can help researchers and practicing engineers to find more advanced techniques and alternative approaches towards the sustainable concrete mixtures.
Various original research articles and state-of-the art review papers will be considered, including, but not limited to:
• The durability and the mechanical properties of the concretes containing alternative materials
• Life cycle assessment of the concretes containing alternative materials
• Application of artificial intelligence to model the behavior of concretes containing alternative materials
• Non-destructive techniques to improve the sustainability of concrete elements
• Behavior of concrete mixtures under severe environmental conditions including chemical and physical damages.
• Advanced characterization and monitoring of sustainable concrete pavements and infrastructure
• Effects of nano-materials in the sustainability of concrete mixtures
• Effects of green and multi-functional materials in concrete mixtures
• Method to extend the service life of concrete pavements and structures
• Additive manufacturing for enhancing the sustainability of concrete mixtures
• Managerial challenges of using waste materials in the concrete industry.
Keywords: Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Concrete, Reuse of Waste Materials, Pavements and Structures, Alternative Materials for Concrete
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