It is a pleasure to invite you to the Conference on Durable Concrete for Infrastructure under Severe Conditions in the framework of the LORCENIS project from 10th to 11th of September 2019, in Ghent, Belgium.

Topics and registration

Conference on Durable Concrete for Infrastructure under Severe Conditions

- Smart admixtures, self-responsiveness and nano-additions

The LORCENIS project deals with the development of long lasting reinforced concrete involving customized protection, repair and self-diagnosis methodologies for cost-efficient operation and service life extension. Looking forward to welcome you in Ghent.

Conference Topics

  • Smart concrete admixtures, internal curing, self-sealing, self-healing, carbon based fillers, nanofibers, nanotubes, layered double hydroxides, nano- and microcapsules, self-healing polymers for concrete
  • Effects of smart admixtures on fresh and hardened concrete properties
  • Modelling and service life prediction of concrete in extreme conditions
  • Durability of infrastructure in the energy sector
  • Durability and sustainability of tailor-made concrete in extreme conditions
    • Extreme thermal gradients
    • Ice impact
    •  Corrosion
    • Freeze-thaw
    • Deep-sea
    • Mechanical fatigue
    • Acid attack

For more information, see  the leaflet.



Questions regarding the conference can be emailed

General information


Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent - Belgium

Please make your hotel bookings as soon as possible due to busy activities in September in Ghent, see hotel list.

Registration fees

Registration fees cover attendance to the conference (2 days), conference proceedings, coffee breaks and lunches, conference dinner, farewell reception

- Before 15 May 2019: 420 Euro
- After 15 May 2019: 480 Euro

For active Lorcenis partners a special arrangement is made.

Call for abstracts

Authors willing to present a paper at the conference are kindly invited to submit a 300 word abstract (Template) in accordance with the themes and topics before January 31, 2019 through e-mail to Authors of accepted abstracts are encouraged to submit a 2/4-page paper according to the format to be announced on the website.

Announcement extended deadline

Due to several requests, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended until 31 January 2019.


Authors will be invited to submit full papers to the open access journal "Materials" (IF2017: 2.467) for a special issue on "Self-healing and smart construction materials". For a limited number of selected high-quality papers the open access publication fee will be waived.

Important dates

31 January 2019  Abstract submission
28 February 2019  Abstract acceptance notification
15 May 2019  2/4-page paper submission (template)
15 May 2019  Early bird registration
10-11 September 2019 Conference

Keynote speakers

Ioannis A. Kartsonakis, NTUA, Greece

Smart admixtures with active functionality

Concrete can be nano-engineered by the incorporation of a variety of nano- and micro-sized structures with superior characteristics, such as superabsorbent polymers, carbon-based fillers, carbon nanofibers and nanotubes, hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures, layered double hydroxides, nano/microcapsules, self-healing polymers. These materials contribute to the development of a new generation of tailored, multifunctional concrete and add self-responsive capabilities especially to concrete structures working under severe conditions.


Emmanuel Galluci, Sika Technology AG, Switzerland

Multifunctional bulk reinforced-concrete materials to operate under severe conditions

The Lorcenis project has the ambition of extending the service life of energy infrastructures exposed to some of the harshest environmental conditions, through the implementation of novel additive types not used in today's concrete practice. The performance requirements implied the development of a dozen of state-of-the-art technological concrete mix designs which had to (1) meet the most challenging specifications identified through an in-depth analysis of today's field best practice and (2) be incrementally modified to afford the implementation of Lorcenis' novel additives while maintaining their fresh and hardened properties. This keynote aims at giving an overview of the whole process chain, from the identification and definition of the effective environmental conditions and their impact on exposed concrete structures, the best-in-practice corresponding concrete mix designs and their development, the implementation of the novel durability additives and evaluation of their efficiency through accelerated durability testing according to the international norm protocols.


Tony Jefferson, Cardiff University, UK

Experimental and numerical study of a vascular self-healing system for cementitious materials

One of the challenges of numerical research on self-healing cementitious materials is that the precise data needed to develop a model, and subsequently validate it, are often incomplete. To address this issue, a combined programme of experimental and numerical research has been undertaken at Cardiff University aimed at developing a comprehensive numerical model for a self-healing system based on vascular networks. The experiments undertaken to understand the behaviour of the system encompass the flow behaviour of healing agents in micro-cracked cementitious elements, the curing behaviour of a healing-agent in a cementitious environment, and multiple and overlapping mechanical damage/healing 'events'. The numerical model derived from these experimental observations is a coupled finite element model that simulates all of the aforementioned aspects of behaviour.

Philippe Mainçon, SINTEF, Norway

Providing engineers with a tool for the design of concrete coverage

The process leading to spalling of concrete cover of steel reinforcements involves the transport of chemical species in concrete, chemical reactions in concrete, corrosion of the rebar, and finally micro-cracking and crack coalescence around the rebar. Research models capturing this process require significant computing power, need input values that are difficult to obtain experimentally and must be operated by specialists. This effectively puts such models out of reach of engineering practice. In the LORCENIS project, one goal has been to create a tool simple enough for routine use in the design of concrete coverage.

Jose Vera Agullo, ACCIONA Construction S.A., Spain

Durability of concrete infrastructure and the role of smart self-responsiveness admixtures

ACCIONA Construction S.A., a Spanish contractor, is deeply interested in offering to its clients long service life-spans for the infrastructure delivered. There is a clear tendency in the sector of clients asking for longer life spans than ever, up to 120 years in critical structures like bridges. This tendency is pushing the civil engineering technology to search for innovative and reliable solutions. One part of this effort is focused on the material science and technology, and more specifically in the development of self-responsiveness admixtures to be used in concrete. In this work, a summary of the approach of the LORCENIS project is given, showing the demonstrators built in different harsh scenarios: North sea, mechanical fatigue, thermal fatigue and acid attack.

Nadia Al-Ayish, RISE, Sweden

Safety and sustainability of new admixtures for durable concrete

The sustainability of concrete infrastructure is highly dependent on the durability. A longer service life with low repair work reduces the resource use and hence the greenhouse gas emissions. New admixtures based on nanomaterials have the possibility to increase the service life. However, it is also important to consider the embodied impact of the material and safety issues concerning new nanomaterials. Here we present an overview on the safety and sustainability of some novel admixtures.

Preliminary program

Session 1 – Development of smart admixtures with active internal curing, self-sealing or self-healing properties

  • Smart admixtures with active functionality (Keynote), loannis A. Kartsonakis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • The development of SAPs for reducing autogenous shrinkage and accomplishing self-healing and self-sealing properties in concrete, Els Mannekens, ChemStream, Belgium
  • The Effect of Reactive MgO expansive agent on Self-healing of Strain-Hardening Cement-based Composites Crack, Y. Dai, Qingdao University of Technology, China
  • The development of mini-vascular networks for self-healing concrete, Diane Gardner, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • The use of self-healing sodium silicate microcapsules in oil well cement under high-temperature wellbore environment, Wenting Mao, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Use of alkali-activated cementitious materials as impressed current cathodic protection anodes for long-term structural health, G. Jones, Structural Healthcare Associates, United Kingdom
  • Textile-reinforced concrete to realise ultra high durability concrete (UHDC) in the framework of the EU H2020 project "ReSHEALience", C. Schröfl, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Modification of POSS derivatives for reinforcement of bulk concrete, Monika Pilz, SINTEF, Norway

Session 2 – Design of reinforced concrete tailored for extreme conditions: compatibility of smart admixtures and effects on fresh and hardened concrete

  • Multifunctional bulk reinforced-concrete materials to operate under severe conditions (Keynote), E. Galluci, Sika Tecnology AG, Switzerland
  • Severe sulfuric acid attack on self-compacting concrete: from mineralogical characterization to durability properties, Sara Irico, Dyckerhoff GmbH, Germany
  • Strengthening of the Dutch Waal Bridge by high-performance reinforced concrete 'Xposa', Frans Hoksbergen, Dyckerhoff Basal Nederland b.v., The Netherlands
  • Use of superabsorbent polymers to mitigate autogenous shrinkage in UHPC, Laurence De Meyst, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • 3D printing of cementitious materials with superabsorbent polymer, Kim Van Tittelboom, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Properties of concrete using treated low-class recycled coarse aggregate and blast furnace slag sand, Y. Miyazaki, Tokushima University, Japan
  • Behaviour of pre-cracked self-healing cementitious materials under repeated flexural loads, G. Anglani, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Effect of nanomaterials and their mutual interactions on the hydration of cement suitable for applications in marine environment, A. Matanza-Corro, UNIV PAU & PAYS ADOUR, France
  • Durable and sustainable reinforced concretes obtained through the combination of calcium sulfoaluminate cement-based concretes and non-corrosive reinforcements, F. Bertola, Buzzi Unicem, Italy
  • Efficacy of crystalline admixtures in self-healing capacity of fibre reinforced concrete, E. Tsampali, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Mechanism Analysis of Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement Resistance to Sulfate Attack, W. Hou, Central South University, China
  • The effect of POSS and SAP additives on self-healing of cracks in concrete for hydropower applications, Peter Lundqvist, Vattenfall AB, Sweden
  • Effect of Layered Double Hydroxides on the Performance and Service Life of Reinforced Concrete, Celestino Gomes, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Mitigating freeze/thaw damage to concrete through use of microencapsulated phase change materials, B. Šavija, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Performance of Acrylic Latex Modified Cementitious Mortar under Severe Circumstances, Sukanta Shill, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Self-healing approach on early age cracked concretes with smart admixture, V. Cappellesso, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Evaluation of crystalline admixtures in Portland cement concrete self-healing, J. Arndt, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Analysis of the compressive fatigue loading of ultra-high strength grouts and influence of the aggregate nature on the fatigue life, E. Myrtja, Université Paris-Saclay, France
  • Evaluation of freeze thaw performance of GGBS concrete, T.A. Yikici, MEF University, Turkey

Session 3 – Modelling and service life prediction of concrete in extreme conditions

  • Experimental and numerical study of a vascular self-healing system for cementitious materials (keynote), Tony Jefferson, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Providing engineers with a tool for the design of concrete coverage (Keynote), Philippe Mainçon, SINTEF, Norway
  • A performance-based design approach for durability design of concrete structures in acidic environments, J. Gerlach, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • An Overview on the Numerical Modelling of "Self-Protection" Processes in Concrete: Application to Layered Double Hydroxides, Zahid Mir, Centre for Materials and Coastal, Germany
  • Modelling long-term concrete performance in nuclear waste underground repositories, A. Idiart, Amphos 21 Consulting S., Spain
  • Effect of in-situ conditions on freeze-thaw induced damage of concrete, C. Thiel, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Insights from periodic DFT calculations on the structure of, and chloride incursion into, Calcium-Silicate-Hydroxide, I. H. Svenum, SINTEF, Norway
  • Computational framework for analysis of bridge structures under sever conditions based on coupled multi-physics analysis, L. Czernuschka, University of Natural Resources, Vienna

Session 4 – Durability of infrastructure in the energy sector; durability and sustainability of tailor-made concrete in extreme conditions

  • Durability of concrete infrastructure and the role of smart self-responsiveness admixtures (Keynote), Jose Vera Agullo, ACCIONA, Spain
  • Safety and sustainability of new admixtures for durable concrete (Keynote), Nadia Al-Ayish, RISE-CBI, Sweden
  • Durable concrete for infrastructure with high performance binders, D. Qvaeschning, Dyckerhoff GmbH, Germany
  • Reverse Transport of Chloride ions in Concrete during Drying, Y. Qiao, Qingdao University of Technology, China
  • The CO2 sequestration ability and carbonation resistance of slag-blended cement mortar containing γ- dicalcium silicate, Z. Chen, Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Characterizing the Fatigue behavior of High-Performance Concrete for Wind Energy Structures, V. Frei, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM, Germany
  • Ice abrasion testing of HP/HVFA concrete for arctic and subarctic offshore structures, G. Shamsutdinova, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Frost testing of HP/HVFA concrete for severe offshore conditions, Andrei Shpak, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • The impact of carbonation on deicer salt scaling of concrete with ground granulated blast-furnace, H. Vanoutrive, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Automated local electrochemical characterization of reinforcing steel – A novel approach to study initiation of chloride induced corrosion in cementitious systems, L. Michel, Institute for Building Materials (IfB), Switerzand
  • Durability properties and compressive strength of high volume slag and high volume slag-fly ash blended concretes containing nano silica, A. Hosan, Curtin University, Australia
  • Durability of concrete under combined action of leaching and freeze-thaw processes, Maria Cruz Alonso, Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (IETcc-CSIC), Spain
  • Durability evaluation of concrete for high temperature applications under thermal fatigue, J. Puente, Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (IETcc-CSIC), Spain
  • Use of Embedded Chemical Sensors to Monitor the Ingress of Aggressive Agents from the Environment into Concrete, Rui Sampaio, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • The resistance of geopolymer to the coupled effects of aviation oils and high thermal cycles, Sukanta Shill, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Ice abrasion resistance in high performance concrete engineered with smart admixtures, Arezou BabaAhmadi, RISE-CBI, Sweden
  • Durable concrete for the Northern regions of Russia, V.R. Falikman, Scientific & Research Institute for Concrete and Reinforced Concrete, Russia
  • Concept of Ultra High Durability Concrete for improved durability in chemical environments: Preliminary results, E. Cuenca, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Durability performance of fibre engineered cementitious materials (FECM) with slurry lime (SL) addition, C.G.R. Mircea, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Experiences gained from condition assessment and service life prediction of a marine concrete structure: practice versus theory, J. Gulikers, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands
  • UPHC with reduced autogenous shrinkage for deep see applications, Judy Kheir, University of Nantes, France


  • Hydration Properties of Calcium Aluminates with High Proportion of Gehlenite in Calcium Hydroxide Solution, Y. Lee, Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Detection of concrete cracking through voltammetric sensors, A. Martínez Ibernón, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Passive layer destruction detection. Accumulated charge curve analysis, J.R. Lliso Ferrando, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Chlorides penetration forecast by means of ionic resistance value, A. Martínez Ibernón, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Self-healing cracks in concretes at early ages with crystalline admixtures, F. Bianchin, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Durability of reinforced concrete structures in corrosive environment with simultaneous flexural stress, L. Karavokyros, National Technical University of Athens, Greece