International RILEM Conference on Early-age and Long-term Cracking in RC Structures

ENS Paris-Saclay, 09th April 2021


Even though reinforced concrete (RC) is one of the most used manmade materials in the world, and adequate models exist for the prediction and design of the ultimate capacity of RC structures, the prediction of service life behaviour is still not mature enough for actual design purposes. This may lead to immediate repair needs, inadequate service life behaviour even when regulatory prescriptions for design are strictly followed, or at other times to unnecessary overdesign of reinforcement, which has negative consequences on both sustainability and economic aspects. This is amplified by development of new more sustainable cements and supplementary materials since the range of material properties needed for SLS-design is considerably wider than for ULS design.

One of the most common issues relevant to many RC structures which is encountered on-site is that of cracking. Understanding the interplay between fundamental mechanisms involved in the processes of hydration-induced temperature, shrinkage, creep, loading and herewith caused cracking requires interdisciplinary integration of materials science and structural engineering. A comprehensive approach to this problem requires the design of robust experimental techniques, development of multiscale models (micro, meso and mainly, macro-scale) and evaluation of code-based and other analytical approaches relevant to crack control in concrete which is also the aim of RILEM TC CCS: Early age and long term crack width analysis in RC structures.

The conference aims to bring together experts to share the state-of-the-art developments on the aforementioned fields and the progress within RILEM TC CCS: Early age and long term crack width analysis in RC structures. The conference will be consisted of lectures by researchers and other professionals from a variety of scientific disciplines in works targeted to crack control in concrete. The conference is intended for researchers and practitioners at any career level who have interest in deepening knowledge on the targeted subjects.



As of the beginning of the year 2021, the organizing committee is attentively monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide and its prospective evolution up to April. Vaccination progress and the better climatic conditions in April (northern hemisphere) are likely to be positive enablers. Yet, the pandemic situation worldwide cannot yet offer any guarantees.

As initially devised, regardless of the COVID-19 situation the conference is still taking place on 9th April, even though it is yet to be defined whether fully presencial, fully online or mixed. As of the end of January 2021, the most likely scenario is that some delegates will be able to attend physically, whereas some others will not (e.g. travel bans from government or home institutions, or even due to personal concern for safety). In that case, the program will be adapted for presencial activities take place since the opening (being streamed online for all delegates, with possibility for interaction), and eventually the conference becomes fully online in the period of presentations to be held by remote delegates (e.g. in the afternoon period).
In any case, one unique registered delegate is required per each submission (normally the presenting author), with a fee of 40€. Non-presenting participants are also required to register, but no fee is applied in such case.

Due to the precautionary measures related to COVID-19, the social activities (banquet) have been cancelled.

The final program will be disclosed by 31st March, as to allow a clear picture to be obtained about the delegates that manage to participate presencially and those that participate online.

Conference Topics

The conference topics fall within the scope of RILEM TC CCS: Early-age and long-term crack width analysis in RC structures.

The topic of cracking in RC structures from a serviceability limit state perspective has been addressed in the past, but not with integrative approaches which consider fundamental material behaviour and structural design. The conference is expected to bring about a significant number of new insights of important benefits for researchers and practitioners.

The scope of the conference resonates with industry needs in the field of crack control which adopts relatively unsustainable approaches to the problem, such as overdesigning or excessively repairing.

The conference will accommodate presentation and poster sessions.


Contribution from authors on the following topics is encouraged:

  • Early-age and long-term imposed deformations in concrete
  • Analytical formulations for calculating crack widths in concrete
  • Numerical simulations of early-age and long-term restrained behaviour of concrete elements
  • Experimental investigations on early-age and long-term cracking
  • On-site monitoring of imposed deformations and cracking
  • Crack control and crack repair
  • Sustainability of design and remediation
  • Scientific insights vs. standardisation


CRC Venue in ENS Paris-Saclay

The conference will be held near Paris in ENS Paris-Saclay in complementarity with the events organised as part of the RILEM 2021 Spring Convention.

ENS Paris-Saclay is located in Gif-sur-Yvette near Paris, in the Île-de-France region of France, 25km south-west of Paris, in high-tech and technology fields.

In September 2016, ENS Cachan changed its name, becoming École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay. ENS Paris-Saclay delivers a scientific and cultural education of the highest standard, continuing the tradition of excellence of the écoles normales supérieures.

What sets the School apart is that it brings together disciplines that no other higher education institution combines in quite the same way, or at the same level: the natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences.


The nearest option (5 min walk from conference venue) is Hotel Campanile Paris – Saclay.

There is a wide offer of alternative lodging at Massy-Palaiseau, at 20 min distance (bus) from the conference venue. Reaching Central Paris from Massy-Palaiseau can be made very conveniently by train (RER B – 30 min). Some hotels at Massy-Palaiseau:

Committees & Contacts

Conference Organisers


Miguel Azenha (Chair)

Farid Benboudjema (Local Host)

Fragkoulis Kanavaris (President of Scientific Committee)


Secretariat and general information  | +351938404554

Members of Scientific Committee

Kanavaris, Fragkoulis (President), ARUP, London, UK
Adia, Jean-Luc, EDF, France
Alam, Sayed Yasir, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France
Asamoto, Shingo, Saitama University, Japan
Azenha, Miguel, University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal
Benboudjema, Farid, Cachan, France
Bourdot, Alexandra, Cachan, France
Briffaut, Matthieu, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Courtois, Alexis, EDF, France
Fairbairn, Eduardo, UFRJ, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Faria, Rui, University of Porto, Portugal
Fau, Amélie, Cachan, France
Ferreira, Nuno, ARUP, London, UK
Forth, John, University of Leeds, UK
Funchal de Faria, Etore, Itaipu, Brazil
Hamilton, David, EDF, UK
Honorio, Tulio, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, Cachan, France
Jedrzejewska, Agnieszka, Silesian Uni. Tech., Gliwice, Poland
Jyosyula, Sri Kalyana Rama, Vignana Bharathi Inst. of Technology, Hyderabad, India
Kaklauskas, Gintaris, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania
Kang, Shao-Bo, Chongqing University, China
Kanstad, Terje, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Khadka, Binod, Gov. of Nepal, Nat. Reconstruction Authority, MOUD, DLPIU, Nepal
Klausen, Anja, NTNU Trondheim, Norway
Kuperman, Selmo, Desek, Brazil
Lacarriere, Laurie, Université de Toulouse, France
Oliver-Leblond, Cecile, ENS Paris-Saclay, France
Pacheco, Jose, CLT Group, Illinois, USA
Pérez, Alejandro, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
Pesavento, Francesco, University of Padova, Italy
Phillip, Nivin, SAINTGITS College of Engineering, Kerala, India
Sadowski, Lukasz, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Sánchez Montero, Javier Eduardo, Torroja Institute, Madrid, Spain
Schlicke, Dirk, TU Graz, Austria
Seetharam, Suresh, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Mol, Belgium
Serra, Carlos, LNEC Lisbon, Portugal
Sfikas, Ioannis, Jacobs London, UK
Smilauer, Vit, CTU Prague, Czech Rep.
Sousa, Carlos, FEUP, Porto, Portugal
Sriskandarajah, Sanchayan, MOTT MACDONALD, Singapore
Tan, Reignard, Multiconsult, Norway
Torrenti, Jean Michel, University Gustave Eiffel, France
Torres Martín, Julio Eduardo, Torroja Institute, Madrid, Spain
Ulfkjaer, Jens Peder, Aarhus University, Denmark
Usui, Tatsuya, Taisei, Japan
van den Bos, Ab Alexander, DIANA FEA, Netherlands
Vijay, Er. A., SRM Inst. of Science and Technology, Chennai, India
Vollum, Robert, Imperial College, London, UK
Wang, ChenFei, Xiamen University of Technology, Fujian, China
Zych, Mariusz, Politechnika Krakowska, Krakow, Poland

Dates & Submission

9th October 2020  |  Abstract submission deadline (postponed)

12th October 2020 |  Notification of abstract acceptance (postponed)

15th December 2020 |  Full paper submissions

15th January 2021 |  Notification of paper acceptance

15th February 2021 |  Final paper submission

1st March 2021 |  Registration deadline for Presenting Authors

09th April 2021 |  CRC Conference

* The abstract submission period has finished. Authors are now supposed to prepare the full paper and submit through SciencesConf.

Full papers must have 8-12 pages according to the Full Paper Template – DOWNLOAD HERE (includes instructions).

Sponsors and organization support

We are currently acknowledging the direct support of the following sponsors:
(for information on how to become a Sponsor, please email us directly in

The organization is being supported by TecMinho


All accepted papers will be published by Springer as RILEM Bookseries and indexed in SCOPUS and Google Scholar.

The editing of the proceedings will be completed and made available on the Springer’s website by mid-May 2021. Authors will be entitled to download the electronic version of the final proceedings in PDF version for their private and personal use only (further dissemination of the Springer’s PDFs is not allowed).

SCOPUS indexing will take approximately 3 months since publication date.

During the conference, the participants and authors will be able to access (in a reserved area) the unedited version of the proceedings in an online platform, with papers appearing in an “as accepted” format.


The full program for the conference in 9th April can be downloaded from the below green coloured link:

A pre-conference meeting of RILEM Technical Committee 287-CCS will take place in 8th April 2021 (full day). If you do not belong to the TC and are interested in participating, please send us an email to

Registration & Fees

Presenting authors: 40€
Regular attendants: free

Registration deadline for authors: 1st March 2021  (one distinct registered delegate is required per each submission: normally, the presenting author)

Registration deadline for participants: 6th April 2021  (confirmation subject to seat availability)