Abdelkarim Aït-Mokhtar is Professor in Civil Engineering at La Rochelle University in France and the head of the Engineering Sciences laboratory (LaSIE UMR CNRS 7356). His research focuses on mass transfer in porous media, aiming applications on aggressive agent transfer within building materials for the improvement of structure durability in aggressive environments (in a marine or carbon gas environment). He is a specialist in experimental diffusion processes by the assessing of materials’ microstructures, chloride and carbon gas ingress within cementitious materials, and corrosion initiation in reinforced cement-based materials using electrochemical methods.
Olivier Millet is Professor in Mechanics and Civil Engineering at La Rochelle University in France. He is a specialist of continuum mechanics, homogenization techniques, ionic transfers, and electrocapillary effects. He is also the head of the research network “Multi-Physics and Multiscale Couplings in Geo-environmental Mechanics”. The topics addressed in this book constitute one of the major axes of this research network.