Special Issue "Renewable building materials and properties"

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020
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Guest Editors

Professor Haitao Li, Joint Training PhD by Tongji University and the University of Western Australia, is the Vice Dean of College of Civil Engineering and director of International Research Center for Bio-composite Building Materials and Structures (IRCBBMS) at Nanjing Forestry University. He has published more than 100 papers and authorized more than 50 patents. He works as INBAR Construction Task Force Key Expert, ISO TC165 timber structure committee, member of a council of Civil Engineering Composite Materials Branch, China Composite Materials Society, Key Expert of Engineering Bamboo Materials Branch Committee, China Wood Protection Industry Association and so on. He is the co-chair of World Symposium on Sustainable Bio-composite Materials and Structures (SBMS) and International Conference on Advances in Civil Engineering and Materials (ACEM). He also works as the editor or reviewer for more than 20 SCI journals.


This Special Issue is mainly about the renewable building materials and structures, such as timber, bamboo, straw and other nature resources and structures and so on.

Papers about the test methods, mechanical properties and structural applications for renewable building materials from nature resources are welcome.

Bamboo; Wood; Timber; CLT; Straw; other renewable building materials; Strain; Stress; Strength; Modulus; Deflection; Stiffness; Ductility; Tensile; Compression; Shear; Bending; Bricks; Beam; Column; Joint; Frame

Published Papers
  • Fabrication of Crack-Free Flattened Bamboo and Its Macro-/MicroMorphological and Mechanical Properties
  • Abstract This work aimed to help the bamboo industry develop methodology for producing imperfection-free bamboo boards that can serve either decorative or structural benefit to consumers seeking to engage with the bioeconomy. Specifi- cally, softened and slotted bamboo tubes were handled by a roller device with nails to render crack-free flattened bamboo board. Softening temperature and time were optimized herein according to findings regarding chemical composition and board mechanical properties. The optimal softening parameters for saturated steam heat treatment is proved to be 160°C for 8 minutes. The flattened bamboo board possesses an increased bending strength of 101.5 MPa and a… More
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  • Feasibility Study on Fabrication of Geopolymer Bricks by Wasted Grinding Wheel at Room Temperature
  • Abstract In this study, the feasibility of producing eco-friendly bricks by using geopolymer technology and a waste grinding wheel (WGW) from the grinding wheel industries was investigated. Nowadays, in order to meet industrial needs, for instance, in Taiwan, approximately 500,000 grinding wheels are used annually. That is, a large number of “waste” grinding wheels are produced. Furthermore, few studies have been conducted on the use of WGWs as raw materials in geopolymer applications. The use of geopolymer technology to form bricks can avoid the utilization of clay and cement and even prevent the use of a high-temperature process in kilns. Moreover,… More
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  • Effects of Recycled Aggregate Content on Pervious Concrete Performance
  • Abstract A recycled aggregate (RA) was prepared by crushing and sieving demolished discarded concrete pavements and was subsequently tested and analyzed to determine its various physical properties. On this basis, pervious concrete (PC) mix proportions were designed. Coarse RA particles with sizes of 5–10 and 10–20 mm were selected. Concrete specimens were prepared with a water–cement ratio of 0.3, an aggregate–cement ratio of 4.5, the substitute rates of RA with 0, 25%, 50%, 75% and a single-/double-gap-graded RA mix (mass ratio of particles with sizes of 5–10 mm to particles with sizes of 10–20 mm: 1:1, 1:2, 2:1, 2:3 and 3:2).… More
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