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4th International RILEM Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites

Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 worldwide, previously we have already postponed our Conference to October this year. While we are hoping that the situation will have improved by then, we cannot be certain that all international travel and large gathering restrictions will have been fully released by that point in time.

Therefore, the organization committee of the Microdurability has taken the new decision to organize the Microdurability conference in two stages:

Stage 1: Virtual workshop: A online workshop will be organized on 12 October 2020, the same day as originally scheduled. In the online workshop, we will invite all keynote speakers, and some selected papers to present online.

Stage 2: Physical conference: A 3-day Microdurability conference will be held from 28 April to 30 April 2021, at the same venue, Madurodam, the Hague, the Netherlands. All keynote lectures and accepted papers will be presented physically.

Meanwhile, we will be open for new paper submission. The deadline for new paper submission is 31 October 2020.


International RILEM Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites (Microdurability)  is a Sino-Dutch initiative, organized under the umbrella of RILEM and also supported by ACI, fib. After three successful events in Nanjing 2008, Amsterdam 2012 and Nanjing 2012, the fourth Microdurability conference will be held in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

In the past years, alternative binders, supplementary cementitious materials and difference industrial or regional wastes were used in concrete in order to improve concrete properties, and to reduce the carbon impact in construction. The consequence of these actions will change the chemistry, microstructure, and further influence the durability of concrete. Based on this concept the aim of the 4th Microdurablity conference is to bring together the leading experts in this field around the world to present the recent achievements, share the latest developments and address the challenges on the microstructure related durability issues of cementitious materials.

Main Topics

  • Alternative binders, supplementary cementitious materials and industrial or regional wastes used in concrete
  • Hydration and microstructure formation
  • Transport properties in cracked and uncracked concrete
  • Chemical and physical degradation under coupled loading conditions.
  • Effect of time dependent phenomena and aging on microstructure and durability
  • New techniques for evaluation of hydration, microstructure and service life
  • Development and application of smart cementitious materials for enhanced durability
  • Modeling of microstructure, transport, degradation processes and design for durability
From Wednesday 28 April 2021
to Friday 30 April 2021
The Hague, The Netherlands



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