Advancements in bacteria based self-healing concrete and the promise of modelling

Manpreet Bagga, Charlotte Hamley-Bennett, Aleena Alex, Brubeck L Freeman, Ismael Justo Reinoso, Iulia C Mihai, Susanne Gebhard, Kevin Paine, Anthony D Jefferson, Enrico Masoero, Irina Dana Ofiteru

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In the last two decades self-healing of concrete through microbial based carbonate precipitation has emerged as a promising technology for making concrete structures more resilient and sustainable. Currently, progress in the field is achieved mainly through physical experiments, but their duration and cost are barriers to innovation and keep the number of large scale applications still very limited. Modelling and simulation of the phenomena underlying microbial based healing of concrete may provide a key to complement the experimental efforts, but their development is still in its infancy. In this review, we briefly present the field, introduce some key aspects emerged from the experiments, present the main ongoing developments in modelling and simulation of mineral and microbial systems, and discuss how their synergy may be accomplished to speed up progress in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
Article number129412
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Early online date19 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2022


  • Bacterial based self-healing concrete
  • MICP
  • Modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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