Javier Castro Sepúlveda PhD

Javier Castro Sepúlveda PhD

Javier Castro Sepúlveda PhD

Vicedecano de la Facultad de Ingeniería
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, EE.UU.
  • Magíster en Ciencias de la Ingeniería, Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • Ingeniero Civil, Universidad Católica de Chile.

Especialidad: Materiales de Ingeniería; Tecnología del Hormigón.


Cursos que imparte en pregrado:

– Taller de Ingeniería en Construcción

– Taller de Materiales en Ingeniería

– Taller de Tecnología del Hormigón


Publicaciones ISI

1.        Rivera, F; Martinez, P; Castro, J; Lopez, M. (2015) “Massive volume fly-ash concrete: A more sustainable material with fly ash replacing cement and aggregates” Cement and Concrete Composite. Volume: 63:104-112.

2.        Zunino F, Castro J, Lopez M. (2015) “Thermo-mechanical assessment of concrete microcracking damage due to early-age temperature rise” Construction and Building Materials 2015, Volume 81: 140-153

3.        De la Varga I., Spragg R., Di Bella C., Castro J., Bentz D.P., Weiss J. (2014). Fluid Transport in high-volume fly ash mixtures with and without internal curing. Cement and Concrete Composite, 45: 102-110

4.        Peled, A., Castro, J., Weiss, J. (2013). Atomic force and lateral force microscopy (AFM and LFM) examinations of cement and cement hydration products.  Cement and Concrete Composite, 36: 48-55.

5.        Castro, J., Spragg, R. and Weiss, J. (2012). Water absorption and electrical conductivity for internally cured mortars with a w/c between 0.30 and 0.45.  Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 24(2): 223-231

6.        Castro, J., De la Varga, I. and Weiss, J. (2012). Using isothermal calorimetry to assess water absorption of fine LWA in mortars. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 24(8): 966-1005.

7.        Golias, M., Castro. J., Peled, A. Nantung, T., Tao, B. and Weiss, J. (2012). Can soy methyl esters improve concrete pavement joint durability?. Transportation Research Record 2290(1): 60-68.

8.        Golias, M., Castro. J. and Weiss, J. (2012). Moisture content in lightweight aggregate and its influence on internal curing in concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 35: 52-62.

9.        De la Varga, I., Castro, J., Bentz, D. and Weiss, J. (2012). Application of Internal curing for mixtures containing high volume of fly ash. Cement and Concrete Composite, 34(9): 1001-1008.

10.     Li, W., Pour-Ghaz, M., Castro, J. and Weiss, J. (2012). Water Absorption and Critical Degree of Saturation as it Relates to Freeze-Thaw Damage in Concrete Pavement Joints. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 24(3) 299-307.

11.     Pour-Ghaz, M., Castro, J., Kladivko, E.J. and Weiss, J. (2012). Characterizing Lightweight Aggregate Desorption at High Relative Humidities using a Pressure Plate Apparatus. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 24(8): 961-969.

12.     Castro, J., Bentz, D. and Weiss, J. (2011). Effect of sample conditioning on the water absorption of concrete. Cement and Concrete Composite, 33 (8), 805-813

13.     Castro, J., Keiser, L., Golias, M. and Weiss, J. (2011). Absorption and desorption properties of fine lightweight aggregate for application to internally cured concrete mixtures. Cement and Concrete Composite, 33 (10): 1001-1008.

14.     Spragg, R., Castro, J., Li, W., Pour-Ghaz, M. Huang, P. and Weiss, J. (2011). Wetting and drying of concrete in the presence of deicing solutions. Cement and Concrete Composites, 33 (5): 535-542.

15.     Peled, A., Castro, J. and Weiss, J. (2010). Atomic force microscopy examination of mortar made using water-filled lightweight aggregates. Transportation Research Record, 2124 (1), pp 92-102.

16.     Henkensiefken, R., Castro, J., Bentz, D., Nantung & Weiss, J. (2009). Water Absorption in Internally Cured Mortar Made with Water-Filled Lightweight Aggregate. Cement and Concrete Research, 39(10):p. 883-892.

17.     De Solminihac, H., Videla, C., Fernández, B., Castro, J. (2007). Porous Concrete Mixtures for Pervious Urban Pavements. Materiales de Construcción, Vol. 57, 287, pp 23-36.


Publicaciones en Proceedings Arbitrados de Congresos

1.        Castro, J., Henkensiefken, R., Bentz, D., Nantung, T. and Weiss, J. (2010). LWA absorption and desorption: the influence on transport properties of internally cured mortars.  Sixth International Conference on Concrete under Severe Conditions, Environment and Loading. CONSEC 10, pp 1543-1550, June 7-9, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

2.        Castro, J., Lura, P., Rajabipour, F., Henkensiefken, R. and Weiss, J. (2010). Internal Curing: A Discussion of the Role of Pore Solution on Relative Humidity Measurements and the Desorption of LWA.  Special Publication SP-270, American Concrete Institute, pp 89-100.

3.        Castro, J., De la Varga, I., Golias, M. and Weiss, J. (2010). Extending internal curing concepts to mixtures containing high volumes of fly ash. Proceeding of the National Concrete Bridge Conference, Phoenix. AZ, February.

4.        De la Varga, I., Castro, J., and Weiss, J. (2012). Autogenous Shrinkage Mitigation in HVFA Mixtures with Internal Curing”, Special Publication SP-290. American Concrete Institute, pp 1-12.



Título: “Assessing the applicability of high-sulfate fly ash on cement-based and alkali-activated materials”.

Fondecyt Regular #1160804. Investigador Principal

Financiamiento: $165.881.000

Inicio: Mayo 2016

Término: Mayo 2019.


Título:  Evaluation of Chilean Fly Ash as Replacement of Cement to Produce Concrete with Lower Global Environmental Impact.

Fondecyt Iniciación N°11121327. Investigador Principal

Financiamiento: $ 70.605.000

Inicio: Octubre 2012.

Término: Octubre 2015.


Título: “Assessing and understanding the effect of thermal stress-cracking on concrete´s durability”.

Fondecyt Regular N°1120817. Co-Investigador

Financiamiento: $138.551.000

Inicio: Marzo 2012

Término: Marzo 2015.


Título: “Utilización intensiva de cenizas volantes para mejorar la sustentabilidad del sector energía y construcción”.

CORFO. 12IDL2-15156. Director

Financiamiento: $ 121.000.000

2012 – 2013.