The objective of the conference (www.eac2.be ) is to bring together researchers from academia and industry for exchanging ideas, latest achievements and for establishing new collaborations in the field of concrete technology and knowledge to control early age cracking and cement hydration effects, and thus improve structures serviceability and durability. It is the annual conference organized within the framework of European COST action TU1404 (www.tu1404.eu) which aims at accelerating knowledge transfer in the form of new recommendations, introduce new products and technologies and promote international and interdisciplinary exchange of information.

This conference is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of relevant results and various activities of Action members, but also from other researchers, PhD students, or industry specialists.

The conference welcomes both experimental and numerical studies relevant to the whole life time of the cement-based materials and alternative materials for sustainable concrete (alternative binders, alkali activated materials, recycled materials, biosourced materials, alternative supplementary cementitious materials) in the wide field of monitoring of early age chemical and mechanical properties, modeling of the microstructure development, cracking mechanisms. The topics include but are not limited to the following list.



WG 1 -Testing of CBM  

  • Fresh properties and setting
  • Non-destructive monitoring of hydration and cracking
  • Chemical and microstructural characterization
  • Transport properties and boundary effects
  • Mechanical properties and creep
  • Volume stability (autogenous shrinkage, drying shrinkage, restrained shrinkage)
  • Fracture properties and cracking
  • Advanced experimental techniques
  • Experiences gained so far in the extended Round Robin Testing programme (RRT+)
  • ...

  WG 2 -Modeling of CBM and behavior of structures

  • Microstructural modelling
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Macroscopic modelling
  • Probabilisitic modelling
  • Durability and Transport modelling
  • Benchmarking calculations
  • Experience gained so far in the benchmarking activities  
  • ...

WG 3 -Development of products and recommendations

  • Qualification and development of devices for testing and monitoring concrete at early age
  • Development and qualification of software and design methodologies for concrete at early age
  • Development and revision of recommendations and standard to prevent/control early age cracking and related durability issues
  • ...