Mechanics and Physics of Creep, Shrinkage, and Durability

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With a history going back to 1958, the CONCREEP conference series has 
remained the key driving force when it came to gathering prominent 
scientists and engineers from around the world to discuss the peculiar 
time-dependent behavior of one of the oldest and most used, yet at the 
same time least fundamentally understood construction materials: concrete.

Distinct from the traditional, standards-driven approach, CONCREEP has always fostered an interdisciplinary approach, exemplified already at the first conferences held in Munich, organized by the civil engineer Hubert Ruesch and the physicist Folker Wittmann. This approach has ever since been intensified, in particular through the ceaseless efforts of Zdenek Bažant from Northwestern University, hosting the 1986 conference, and thereby triggering a strong transatlantic cooperation on the topic, which culminated in the 2013 ConCreep9@MIT-conference, co-sponsored by the French National Research Center - CNRS. During these developments, the intricacies of concrete have led experimental and computational investigators to enter ever smaller scales. Presently, we face the great chance and challenge at the same time, to effectively link atomistic physics to real-life civil engineering design, by incorporating the sheer boundless wealth of the modern materials sciences, progressing at fast pace.

This calls for a timely continuation of the CONCREEP series: Therefore, we cordially invite colleagues sharing the spirit sketched above, to join us on September 23-25, 2015 at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), a place with a rich history and vibrant activities in concrete design and technology - in the city where Ludwig Boltzmann “invented” creep mechanics: in his seminal 1874 paper published in the Proceedings of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Vienna, he introduced the concept of creep functions associated to a superposition principle, and confirmed this groundbreaking idea by an initial experimental campaign.