September 13th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A mechanical engineering student recently participated in a NIST summer project involving 3-D printed concrete—watch this video to see how the project team tested various cement paste samples to measure viscosity, yield stress, and printing defects.
August 25th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A research team may have solved the cigarette butt litter problem. By mixing discarded cigarette butts with asphalt concrete, they produced a material that can handle heavy traffic and reduce the urban heat island effect.
August 2nd, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Can our footsteps generate enough power to light up the streets? A London company has installed energy-harvesting tiles that can generate electricity from pedestrians' footsteps to power street lamps and air purifiers.
July 31st, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
An international group of scientists recently found that the key to the strength of ancient Roman concrete is the presence of aluminous tobermorite, a mineral that slowly forms within voids and prevents cracks from traversing through the concrete.
July 26th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
In a recent video, engineer Mark Rober demonstrated the amazing super-soaking power of the world’s largest water gun, a monster 7-foot-long creation that he engineered in the likeness of a Super Soaker (Larami Ltd.) to blast water out at a whopping 272 mph.
July 25th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The Brick Industry Association recently announced its 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards Competition winners. Check out how designers used clay bricks to create beautiful structures and landscapes.
June 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at the University of British Colombia (Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada) have a new strategy that just might be going somewhere—they’ve devised a technique to incorporate recycled rubber tire fibers into concrete to reuse the waste material, improve the durability of concrete, and reduced the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.
June 12th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
According to studies of wind power potential from towers positioned at varying distances off the ground, taller wind turbine towers would make wind power viable in a much wider region of the United States than is currently feasible.
June 7th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Architects and engineers from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Madrid, Spain, collaborated on a 3-D printed concrete bridge, created using a process that recycles raw materials during manufacturing.
May 24th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Inspired by the way the human body repairs bones and tissue, a researcher duo from Delft University of Technology has created self-repairing "bioconcrete" using bacteria and calcium lactate.