F. Pacheco-Torgal, University of Minho, Portugal
S. Miraldo, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Y. Ding, Dalian University of Technology, China
J.A. Labrincha, University of Aveiro & CICECO, Portugal
According to the 2011 ERMCO statistics, only 11% of the production of ready-mixed concrete relates to the high performance concrete (HPC) target. This percentage has remained unchanged since at least 2001 and appears a strange choice on the part of the construction industry, as HPC offers several advantages over normal-strength concrete, specifically those of high strength and durability. It allows for concrete structures requiring less steel reinforcement and offers ...