Emerging Materials for Civil Infrastructure

 Emerging Materials for Civil Infrastructure – State of the Art

Emerging Materials for Civil Infrastructure – State of the Art
This book presents a review of emerging materials for use in civil engineering infrastructure. Emerging materials have attractive material properties, durability, economics, and/or environmental impact. They include novel and new materials, and traditional materials with profound potential in new applications. The materials and material systems may be conceptual and still in research and development; or may be newly introduced whereby adoption by the community is only beginning.

A material or materials system is considered to have matured beyond the phase of an “emerging materials” if it is widely used in practice or if it has been represented in well established design codes or specifications. In that rein, new and dramatically different varieties of established materials, such as aluminum or even masonry, could be considered as belonging to the class of “emerging materials” if their specific characteristics are such that existing specifications and codes either do not apply, or have to be drastically modified for their use.

The Committee on Emerging Materials, under the leadership of Tarun R. Naik since its inception, has promoted activities in the field of emerging materials through collection, assessment, and dissemination of information regarding materials characterization, processing, evaluation, applications, performance, and acceptance for Civil Engineering construction including infrastructure. Furthermore, the Committee is charged with encouraging research, development, demonstration, and education relating to emerging materials. The culminating endeavor of the Committee has been to facilitate this special publication on the state-of-the-art of emerging materials.

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