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Volume 5,Issue 1

Open Access Original Research

Study of Recycled Spent Coffee Grounds as Aggregates in Cementitious Materials

Received: 29 September 2022;  Published: 16 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301007

Abstract

Most spent coffee grounds (SCGs), a byproduct of brewing coffee, are buried in landfill sites, and their decomposition produces significant greenhouse gases. As the recent warming of the Earth’s climate has made it imperative that industries reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the present study investigates the viability of recycling SCGs for use as a partial replacement of aggregates in concrete materials. Cement mortar samples with a fixed cement-to-water ratio and varying amounts of [...]

Open Access Review

Reuse of Sawdust in Developing Countries in the Light of Sustainable Development Goals

Received: 02 September 2022;  Published: 12 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301006

Abstract

The several furniture-making phases, from cutting to processing to polishing, produce a significant volume of sawdust of differing grades. The extraction and disposal of such waste in developing countries with no established or sustainable methods is an increasing problem, frequently posing environmental challenges. Sawdust is one of the most underused wood waste portions, with mounds dispersed around the region, detracting from its visual appeal and causing other ecological concerns [...]

Open Access Review

The Relation between Environmental Risk Analysis and the Use of Nanomaterials in the Built Environment Sector: A Circular Economy Perspective

Received: 02 August 2022;  Published: 11 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301005

Abstract

Nowadays, the challenge of climate change and “ecological transition” is substantially an “energy challenge” for every city, which is supposed to become as “energetically self-sufficient” as possible. The construction sector is one of the main contributors to the effects of climate change, starting from the production of materials to the use phase of buildings to their demolition. Recent innovations in sustainable/circular design are related to using “new materials." According t [...]

Open Access Case Report

Influence of Wetting-Drying Cycles on Wood Behaviour of Coastal Pedestrian Walkways

Received: 30 September 2022;  Published: 11 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301004

Abstract

In the context of inspection and maintenance actions for beach walkways in the North of Portugal, some samples of wood used in their construction were collected – the Pinus sylvestris wood, widely applied in the country. The sustainability of the beach walkways over natural coastal areas is very dependent on their material durability. One of the main problems of the timber used to build those structures is its behavior under wet-drying cycles. For that r [...]

Open Access Review

Application of Finite Element Method for Mechanical Characterization of Wood and Reconstituted Lignocellulosic-Based Composites – A Review

Received: 22 September 2022;  Published: 09 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301003

Abstract

Performance evaluations of wood and other lignocellulosic-based composites involve complex scenarios of several factors such as material heterogeneity and geometry that often leads to complicated, expensive, and time-consuming experimental procedures. Hence, the application of computational modeling and simulation is desirable to mitigate these biocomposites’ performance testing challenges. This review paper, therefore, presents an outlook on the finite element method (FEM) application in probin [...]

Open Access Editorial

Acknowledgment to Reviewers of Recent Progress in Materials in 2022

Received: 04 January 2023;  Published: 04 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301002

Abstract

The editors of Recent Progress in Materials would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following reviewers for assessing manuscripts in 2022. We greatly appreciate the contribution of expert reviewers, which is crucial to the journal's editorial process. We aim to recognize reviewer contributions through several mechanisms, of which the annual publication of reviewer names is one. Reviewers receive a voucher entitling them to a discount on their next LIDSEN publica [...]

Open Access Original Research

Performance of Grouted Coupler Embedded in Reinforced Concrete ABC Bridge Pier at Vehicle Impact

Received: 27 September 2022;  Published: 03 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2301001

Abstract

Increased occurrence of dynamic loading on bridge piers caused by seismic, blast and vehicular impact incidences have been increasingly reported. Statistical data shows that while seismic and blast have received significant attention in the literature, whereas the frequency of occurrence of vehicular impact is remarkably higher but contemplating little consideration. With the newer construction methods like accelerated bridge construction (ABC) and its response against vehicle impact [...]

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