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Bacterial self-healing concrete: effect of environment exposure and crack size

Author(s): Kevin Paine
Paper category: Conference
Book Title: International RILEM Conference on Microorganisms-Cementitious Materials Interactions
Editors: Virginie Wiktor, Henk Jonkers, Alexandra Bertron
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-160-5
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2016
Pages: 132-146
Total Pages: 15
Language: English

Abstract: The effect of water-borne contaminants on the durability of concrete is well-known and cracked concrete is more susceptible to permeation of these contaminants. An approach to autonomic self-healing of such concretes is the utilization of microbiologically-induced calcite-precipitation. This approach uses the metabolic activity of bacteria and biomineral precursors embedded within the concrete to form an inorganic material, usually calcite, as the healing compound. However, bacteria-based healing of concrete creates a number of scientific and engineering challenges at the biology-concrete technology interface. This paper provides a review of previous and on-going research on the use of bacteria-based self-healing of concrete in relation to the problems associated with the setting, hardening and carbonation of concrete and the problems associated with healing large cracks.

Online publication: 2016
Publication Type: full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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