Self Healing Concrete

Self Healing Materials is a new research area that gets a lot of attention in recent years. Self Healing Concrete is a term that is used for cement-based materials that repair themselves after the material or structure gets damaged due to some sort of deterioration mechanism.

In this blog we will update you on the progress of the Self Healing Concrete projects running in the section Materials & Environment and the Microlab of the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University.

This blog contains a description of the running projects that are financed by AgentschapNL, DCMat, STW and industrial partners. Also a page "Literature & Videos" is included where a lot of publications can be found.

Self Healing Materials

Self Healing Materials is a fairly new research area which attracts a lot of attention.
Two books that came out a few years ago discuss the topic:
  • Van der Zwaag, S. (ed), Self healing materials : an alternative approach to 20 centuries of materials science, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer, 2007.
  • Gosh, S.K. (ed), Self-healing materials; fundamentals, design strategies and applications, Wiley, 2008.
Three International conferences are organised on the topic:

1st int. conf. on Self Healing Materials, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2007 (van der Zwaag et al)
2nd int. conf on Self Healing Materials, Chicago, USA, 2009 (White et al)
3rd int. conf. on Self Healing Materials, Bath, UK, 2011 (Bond et al)

and the 4th in the series will be organised in Ghent, Belgium in 2013 (De Belie et al)

More info on Ducth projects on all types of self healing materials can be found on the website of the AgentschapNL and the website of DCMat (Delft Centre for Materials).

If you want to read more about these projects you can also download this nice booklet.

or the new version which can be found here:

RILEM has an Technical Committee on Self Healing Concrete which is Chaired by Erik Schlangen. For the activities in the committee you can have a look at the webpage .