Building bonds are one of the most common elements of concrete structures. One of the most important bonds is created during repair, anticorrosion protection and strengthening of existing structures. Recently, construction repairs have increased dramatically due to the fact that structures constructed in the decades following the Second World War have reached a critical age of 30 to 40 years. An adhesion between overlays and concrete substrate is one of the most important factors affecting the reliability and durability of the created layer system. High adhesion causes higher tolerance to the non-compatibility of properties of both the overlay material and the concrete substrate. Adhesion in building bonds has been often incompletely described by existing adhesion theories. This results from the complexity of the adhesion phenomena in building bonds, particularly in repair systems. Adhesion depends on many phenomena taking place at the interface zone, like:the presence of bond-detrimental layers, roughness of the surface (interlocking mechanism), physico-chemical forces induced in the system, etc. The cohesion of particular elements of the repair system has to be taken into account as well.

The aim of symposium is the exchange of multidisciplinary knowledge on the creation and characterization of adhesion in building bonds. The symposium will cover following main topics:

  • factors influencing adhesion in building bonds,
  • methods of characterization of relationship between adhesion and microstructure at macro-, micro-, and nanoscale,
  • compatibility in building bonds: models and verification methods,
  • durability of building joints created during repair, anti-corrosion protection and strengthening, including life-cycle analysis,
  • destructive and nondestructive methods of adhesion evaluation for lab and in-situ application,
  • application of computational science approach for modeling adhesion phenomena.

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Lech Czarnecki, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland - chairperson
  • Prof. Jose Luis Barroso de Aguiar, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Prof. Arnon Bentur, Technion, Israel
  • Dr.Luc Courard, University de Liege, Belgium
  • Prof.Dr.Dionys Van Gemert, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Jean-Luis Granju, INSA_UPS, France
  • Prof.P.C.Hewlett, BBA British Board of Agrement, UK
  • Prof. Deon Kruger, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
  • Prof. Andrzej S.Nowak, University of Nebraska, USAProf.Yoshihiko Ohama, Nihon University, Japan
  • Dr Antonio Porro, NANOC, LABEIN, Spain
  • Prof. Michael Raupach, RWTH Aachen, GermanyProf.Franco Sandrolini, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Prof. H.Rainer Sasse, Bau Ingeneur Sozietät Aachen, Germany
  • Prof. Herald Schorn, University of Technology Dresden, Germany
  • Prof. Johan Silfwerbrand,Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute, Sweden
  • Dr Jakob Sustersic, Institute for Research in Materials and Applications, Slovenia
  • Prof. Jacek Śliwiński, Cracow University of Technology, Poland
  • Prof. Kyu-Seok Yeon, Kangwon National University, Korea
  • Dr Wenzhong Zhu, ACMC, University of Paisley, Scotland

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • Prof. Franco Sandrolini, Dept. of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science,University of Bologna, Italy
  • Prof. Dr.Ing.H.Rainer Sasse,Bau Ingeneur Sozietät Aachen,Germany
  • Prof. Dr.Herald Schorn, Lehrstuhl für Baustoffe, University of Technology Dresden. Germany
  • Dr Wenzhong Zhu, Advanced Concrete and Masonry Centre, Dept. Civil Structural & Environmental Engineering, University of Paisley, United Kingdom


  • Dr Andrzej Garbacz, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Dr Bogumiła Chmielewska, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Dr Luc Courard, University of Liege, Belgium


The Symposium papers will be considered for publication in scientific journals: International Journal for Restoration of Buildings and Monuments (in English), Archives of Civil Engineering (in English) and Building Materials (in Polish).


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