Innovative Durability Tests on Construction Materials

Carlos Chastre, Paulina Faria, José Neves, Marco Ludovico-Marques, Hugo Biscaia, Lina Nunes

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Innovation in structures and construction materials demands a more accurate performance analysis during the life cycle. In addition, climatic changes pose new challenges to civil infrastructures that were not so relevant in the past. In most cases, the traditional test methods cannot accurately assess the complex phenomena involved in durability. The modern and complex factors require a different approach to durability analysis. The purpose of this chapter is to present innovative durability tests on construction materials: wood; rammed earth, cob and unfired blocks; natural stone; bituminous binders and mixtures; and Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) to concrete bonded connections. Most of these tests concern the accelerated simulation of the main phenomena involved in durability performance – ageing – of the materials and structures, such as wet-dry cycles, UV exposure, salt water immersion, salt fog cycles, and action of biological agents The demonstration and validation of the new durability test methods on construction materials are supported by the description of some case studies based on experimental research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances on Testing and Experimentation in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Structures and Buildings
EditorsCarlos Chastre, José Neves, Diogo Ribeiro, Maria Graça Neves, Paulina Faria
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-23888-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-23887-1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2023

Publication series

NameSpringer Tracts in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-259X
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2603


  • Accelerated durability tests
  • Ageing techniques
  • Construction materials
  • Durability
  • Innovation
  • Performance


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