Active TCs (by clusters)

The Technical Committees are the heart of the scientific activity of the association. The main forum where RILEM members meet and exchange their expertise. RILEM TCs play a major role in furthering scientific knowledge.


A group of international experts working together in a particular field in order to: 

  • assemble and evaluate research data
  • harmonise testing methods 
  • suggest new topics for research (this research not to be directly undertaken by RILEM TCs)

and to promote their conclusions by publishing recommendations, technical reports or state-of-the-art reports for test methods or construction practice.

Future TCs

We collect topics that are attracting interest and for which the creation of a new TC is being discussed. For each topic, a brief description is provided, which is open to additions based on the inputs by the interested researchers. To receive more information about the work in progress on a specific topic, to propose any addition to the topic description and to express your interest in participating to a new TC, please contact the reference person indicated.

If you would like to propose a new topic, please contact the RILEM General Secretariat (

  • TC TOPIC: Historic concrete - Identification, diagnosis and conservation

TC DESCRIPTION: Concrete is now recognized worldwide as a cultural heritage material, as evidenced by the recent UNESCO listing of famous concrete buildings. Despite the value of this heritage, dedicated research remains insufficient considering the huge challenge of the conservation of historic concretes dating back to the late 18th century to the mid-20th century, following the concepts of the Venice Charter. In this contest, the purpose of the new TC will be to summarize the existing literature and to provide recommendations, respectively about: (1) ancient cements variety and specific identification methodologies; (2) specific decays of historic concrete and good practices in terms of diagnosis and long-term monitoring; (3) restoration strategies and their durability.


  • TC TOPIC: Bamboo as a structural material

TC DESCRIPTION: The new TC will address the mechanical properties of bamboo and their variability. Starting from a review of the state of the art, the TC will aim at extending the knowledge of the mechanical characteristics to the several species present in the different zones, including the temperate zones. This could be the basis for grading procedures like those used for timber. Another essential aspect that will be addressed is the understanding of the degradation mechanisms of the material properties over time due to different environmental conditions.  

REFERENCE PERSON: Prof. Luisa Molari, University of Bologna, Italy (

Existing TCs

Role of the RILEM clusters

A RILEM TC is in direct connection with a RILEM Cluster. This body is entrusted with co-ordinating and monitoring RILEM TC activities, and to advise the RILEM Technical Activities Committee (TAC). This co-ordination is convened by Clusters conveners. 

Cluster A. Material Processing and Characterization (Convener: Daman PANESAR)

Cluster B. Transport and Deterioration Mechanisms (Convener: Josee DUCHESNE)

Cluster C. Structural Performance and Design (Convener: Giovanni PLIZZARI)

Cluster D. Service Life and Environmental Impact Assessment (Convener: Anya VOLLPRACHT)

Cluster E. Masonry, Timber and Cultural Heritage (Convener: Arun MENON)

Cluster F. Bituminous Materials and Polymers (Convener: Eshan DAVE)