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Experimental characterization of the self-healing capacity of cement based materials: an overview
* 1 , 2 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 5 , 5
1  Politecnico di Milano
2  Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy
3  CSIC - Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science, 28033 Madrid, Spain
4  Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Cordoba, 14071, Cordoba, Spain
5  Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


This paper, prepared in the framework of the COST Action SARCOS WG2 activities (, provides an overview of the main concepts underlying the experimental characterization of the self-sealing capacity of cement-based materials. This effort intends to pave the way towards standardization of such experimental methods for a comparative assessment of the self-healing capacity of different cement-based materials and of the effectiveness of different techniques, in order to incorporate self-healing concepts and outcomes into durability-based predictive models and design approaches.

Keywords: self-healing; cement-based materials; durability and mechanical properties recovery