Self-Healing Phenomena in Cement-Based Materials

State-of-the-Art Report of RILEM Technical Committee 221-SHC: Self-Healing Phenomena in Cement-Based Materials

  • Mario de Rooij
  • Kim Van Tittelboom
  • Nele De Belie
  • Erik Schlangen

Part of the RILEM State-of-the-Art Reports book series (RILEM State Art Reports, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-17
  2. M. R. de Rooij, E. Schlangen, C. Joseph
    Pages 1-17
  3. O. Çopuroğlu, E. Schlangen, T. Nishiwaki, K. Van Tittelboom, D. Snoeck, N. De Belie et al.
    Pages 19-63
  4. H. W. Reinhardt, H. Jonkers, K. Van Tittelboom, D. Snoeck, N. De Belie, W. De Muynck et al.
    Pages 65-117
  5. V. C. Li, A. R. Sakulich, H. W. Reinhardt, E. Schlangen, K. Van Tittelboom, D. Snoeck et al.
    Pages 119-215
  6. E. Schlangen, C. Joseph
    Pages 217-240
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-265

About this book


Self-healing materials are man-made materials which have the built-in capability to repair damage. Failure in materials is often caused by the occurrence of small microcracks throughout the material. In self-healing materials phenomena are triggered to counteract these microcracks. These processes are ideally triggered by the occurrence of damage itself.

Thus far, the self-healing capacity of cement-based materials has been considered as something "extra". This could be called passive self-healing, since it was not a designed feature of the material, but an inherent property of it. Centuries-old buildings have been said to have survived these centuries because of the inherent self-healing capacity of the binders used for cementing building blocks together.

In this State-of-the-Art Report a closer look is taken at self-healing phenomena in cement-based materials. It is shown what options are available to design for this effect rather than have it occur as a "coincidental extra".


cement-based materials materials design repair rilem self-healing

Editors and affiliations

  • Mario de Rooij
    • 1
  • Kim Van Tittelboom
    • 2
  • Nele De Belie
    • 3
  • Erik Schlangen
    • 4
  1. 1.TNODelftNetherlands
  2. 2., Department of Structural engineeringGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3., Department of Structural EngineeringGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  4. 4., Faculty of civil En.g & Geo SciencesDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information RILEM 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6623-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6624-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-204X
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-2031
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