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This page is designed to keep you up to date with what's going on with concrete in the world. All the articles linked here are not property of p-concrete, but available on the internet.
This is just a shortcut to the most juicy news about concrete.
Building Information Technology aka BIM. What's its potential when it comes to concrete? How can BIM help finding problems "concrete related" before starting building? How can the database of information linked to concrete can result of some benefit? Find insight reading the following article:
Hollow bricks and concrete one of the most ancient combination. This stunning building was designed to enphasize both the materials and getting the best out of them. Enjoy the pictures and the much interesting related article-
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Son: "Dad, can I call it Bugs bunny cement?" Dad: "Why not kiddo? Long life to the Bunny"...Maybe nobody is going to call it "Bugs bunny cement" for real (or at least I hope so) but there are several interesting advanteges in this wierd combination. Does it mean that we will have "orange concrete", not really. However get some inspiration here: Carrot cement: How root vegetables and ash could make concrete more sustainable
Soft plastic like the one used for the shopping bags, for example, is quite hard to digest for the environment. Why not using it as a useful addition to concrete? Well...plastic and cement doesn't work well together....but that doesn't mean that it would be impossible! Impossible means only that one've never tried! The australian DID IT! Read this: An Australian research team found a way to recycle soft plastic into concrete – and it could have broader applications in construction
Concrete and cars. What's the connection...if there is one...
Yeps, it's just for fun! But can you imagine to drive a car on "concrete wheels?" There is someone out there that is so "out of his head" to try this "ultimate tuning". Fast and furious?....not really
Do you like concrete? Some people say "I love it"....that sounds wierd to some "how can you love a building material?"...well, for all who can give a clear answer to that rethorical question, talking about the beauty of concrete is not something out of the world, on the contrary concrete can be "brutally beautiful", agree? Sounds good! So you are the ones who can read that: Brutal beauty: how concrete became the ultimate lifestyle concept
Concrete without cement....is that ever possible? What kind of binder can replace cement? Is there something that could possibly be more eco-friendly and cheaper? Bacteria?! The concrete, developed by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, uses bacteria as a binder. This leads to a material that can grow and even heal itself — much like a living organism. Bringing biology to bricks — concrete details on how to grow building materials
How to combine low thermal conductivity, high sound-absorbing efficiency, outstanding air and water permeability, light weight and fire resistance together with high mechanical performances? Why not taking inspiration from nature? Wood could be a great source of inspiration. If you want to read more about that, so just take a look here: Wood-inspired cement with high strength and multifunctionality
Is it possible to use recycled concrete not compromising in performances? The answer to this question can surprise you.
Please grab the opportunity to read "Recycled aggregate concrete from large-scale production to sustainable field application by University of British Columbia Okanagan researchers"
Here's the link: STUDY ON RECYCLED CONCRETE
Can we live without cement and so without concrete? Absolutely not. The problem is, as all we know, that cement production is the cause for very high pollution ratio. So in terms of sustainability it is vital for mankind to find a viable solution. Interesting researches and actions are now taking place. Read more on this interesting article: Scientists are taking concrete steps towards reducing cement’s massive carbon footprint
Sure! Concrete is heavy, even the structural light concrete is quite heavy. That's a structural issue, a problem when it comes about seismic areas and in the big picture it's even an environmental issue. Have you ever imagined that beach balls could help minimizing this problem? Curious? Than read this article: Bubble Deck Technology Uses Less Concrete by Filing the Slab With Beach Balls
Did you know that cement and salt can work as a composite material for thermal energy storage? Can you imagine all the possible applications? Doesn't that sound like a thought-provoking topic? Yes this is not exactly "easy reading" material, but it's worthy the effort! Check it out here: Cementitious composite materials for thermal energy storage applications: a preliminary characterization and theoretical analysis
Conrete and architecture, the perfect combination! Every year new stunning pieces of architecture are realized using both the most classical and the most advanced concrete available.
The linked article highlights 10 of the most interesting projects where concrete show off at its best, nice pictures here for the aesthetics lovers: Top 10 concrete projects of 2020
CO2 reduction is one of the most important goal in XXI century. How to make cement green? How can we use less cement in a more clever way? What if we start to think about sustainability not only in terms of renewable electricity or passengers transportation? Have a look to this article to find some ideas: Cement has a carbon problem. Here are some concrete solutions
Shine on you crazy diamond....do you remember this song? Well what about concrete that shine or even better....that glows? This is a groundbreaking way to use concrete! It is simply fascinating during the night and it can even help saving electic resources with a twist of magic. Would you like to have it in your garden? And what about inside your bathroom...read more about that here: New Concrete Aggregate Glows in the Dark
Using the sun light to clean the air by means of photocatalytic concrete....no, it's not the plot of a sci-fi movie! It's something real and simply astonishing. And what would you say if I add that there is nothing to be recharged or replaced so to have this incredible result going on day in and day out....forever? If I tickled your curiosity, than read this: Depollutant photocatalytic concrete (DPCC)
The green of the grass, the colours of the flowers and....the grey of the concrete! Concrete can trigger your fantasy when it comes to your garden. DIY taking inspiration from this article...it's not necessary to be a concrete technician or an expert to appreciate the multiple facettes in the use of concrete:
Normally concrete is totally harmless, but there are certain moments in its life where human health and safety could be in danger on different levels. Nothing that cannot be prevented or kept under control, but it is important to know when and how concrete is to be considered dangerous and how to handle it in the most safe way. If you want to go in dept in this topic, here's a good starting pont: Work Safely with Concrete and Cement
Strength against meteorites impact, mix without water, aggregates with virtually unknown chemical-physical characteristics...what is that? Concrete mixed on MARS! Space, the last frontier.....it looks like the future is now! Building on Mars? Quite a challenge but nothing is out of reach with the right kind of concrete....the red planet with the green men and the ..... grey concrete! All you need to know is here: Building concrete shelters on Mars
What if we could have at our disposal a kind of cement which particles could turn from disordered clumps into regimented shapes? Well, lesser porous concrete could be easier to design, increased durability and high mechanical strength would be easier to reach and why not, even lesser use of cement and so lesser CO2 with a large benefit for the environment. This is "Programmable Cement"...yes, you've read right. Read more here: The latest in concrete innovation: programmable concrete