Construction industry is constantly searching for sustainable innovations to mitigate negative environmental impacts. Ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS) is a well-known supplementary cementitious material which contributes to reduction of energy and CO2 emissions from cement industry. However, its use in cementitious systems leads to materials with high cracking susceptibility due to their greater autogenous shrinkage triggered by self-desiccation processes. This problem is even more pronounced when concrete is exposed to severe dry-hot weather conditions, such as in North Africa. In order to mitigate this negative effect of cracking, internal curing agents in the form of Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) can be successfully used. This approach leads to more durable cement based materials and in turn more sustainable constructions.
- superabsorbent polymers
- carbon footprint
- construction industry
Klemm, A. J., & Almeida, F. C. R. (2018). Towards more sustainable construction–application of superabsorbent polymers in cementitious matrices with reduced carbon footprint. In Proceeding of the 2nd International Congress on Materials & Structural Stability (CMSS-2017) (Vol. 149).  EDP Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1051/matecconf/201714901019