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.
May 19th, 2017 | by Greg Geiger
The first ACerS Structural Clay Products Division & Southwest Section Meeting in conjunction with the National Brick Research Center Meeting was held May 9–12 in Fort Worth, Texas. Highlights included technical sessions, brick plant tours, networking, and an awards banquet.
May 16th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at ETH Zürich have developed a new modular and thin concrete flooring system that weighs 70% less than conventional concrete floors and could offer a greener building solution.
May 10th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
3-D printing is quickly becoming a ubiquitous technology in many industries. Now, a researcher from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a 3-D printing system to construct a large building.
April 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.
January 25th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Technische Universität Wien have devised a method to mold flat, precisely designed concrete geometries and then inflate the hardened slabs off the ground to form 3-D concrete domes.
January 24th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Brown University have taken a closer look at the orange puffball sea sponge's silica spicules and found that they, too, have evolved a precisely engineered design that provides the structures with maximal strength.