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Physical, Thermal and Microstructural Characterization of Earth Mortars Stabilized with Incorporating Air Additive
In recent years, the search for non-conventional materials has intensified, aiming to reduce environmental impacts in the civil construction sector as a strategy for more sustainable development....
Preparation of a Sustainable Shape-Stabilized Phase Change Material for Thermal Energy Storage Based on Mg²⁺-Doped CaCO₃/PEG Composites
The properties of polyethylene glycol-6000 (PEG)/MgCaCO₃, a low-cost shape-selective phase change material (ss-PCM), make it highly suitable for solar thermal applications. Nanosized porous...
Earth-based mortars: mix design, mechanical characterization and environmental performance assessment
The incorporation of sustainable materials in the civil construction sector has grown in recent years to minimize environmental impacts. Among these materials, the use of earth, a local raw material...
Experimental research to evaluate the percentage change of thermal and mechanical performances of bricks in historical buildings due to moisture
The presence of moisture inside building materials decreases their thermal and mechanical performances. Knowing the variability of these properties as a function of saturation is essential both to...
Modular aerogel brick fabrication via 3D-printed molds
A 3D-printing process is presented for the manufacturing of modular aerogel/acrylate bricks that are fully scalable and customizable for potential applications in thermal insulation. The use of...
Environmentally-friendly ceramic bricks made from zeolite-poor rock and sawdust
The production of innovative building bricks from new materials has drawn a huge interest lately, targeting sustainability-related problems. This research investigates the utilization of zeolite-poor...
An updated ground thermal properties database for GSHP applications
When a new ground source heat exchanger field is planned, underground thermal properties input data are necessary for the correct sizing of the geo-exchange system. To support the design, the EU...
Sustainable Graphene-Based Mortar and Lightweight Mortar Composites
Compact and lightweight” graphene-based mortars were produced and their piezo-resistive behavior was analyzed. Such property is exploitable in the production of functional building materials, which...
Effect of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) aspect ratio on the rheology, thermal conductivity and mechanical performance of Portland cement paste
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are potential candidates to enhance the heat balance of concrete, reducing internal stresses caused by differential heating in massive concrete elements. The higher the aspect...