Researchers have introduced a new type of concrete that cracks when stretched or bent, but does not crumble.
In the modern world, concrete is the most common building material and the second largest consumption. substance after water. Therefore, its properties and quality are very important for buildings, bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure facilities..
A team of scientists from Swinburne University of Technology has developed a new type of concrete that includes industrial waste such as ash from coal-fired power plants, as well as small polymer fibers. Thanks to these inclusions, it does not collapse or break into pieces when cracks from deformation occur..
In fact, it can bend when force is applied to it, so structures built from it can remain intact after earthquakes, hurricanes, or even explosions and shells..
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On his production goes to 36% less energy and released 76% less carbon dioxide compared to conventional flexible concrete made from cement.
Recently, we also reported on the invention of an additive for concrete, which allows it to be poured at temperatures below freezing without loss of quality..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Swinburne University of Technology