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Breakout sessions, awards, student events highlight successful Cements 2019

By Erica Zimmerman / July 12, 2019

The 10th Advances in Cement-Based Materials meeting, which took place June 16–18 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, featured a variety of events, including a SEM workshop and the Della Roy Lecture.

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Video: The physics of exploding concrete

By Lisa McDonald / May 15, 2019

What causes explosive spalling of concrete? Researchers from Empa, the University of Grenoble, and the Institut Laue-Langevin performed neutron tomography on exploding concrete cubes to find out.

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Video: Build and race a concrete canoe

By Lisa McDonald / April 24, 2019

Since 1988, the American Society of Civil Engineers has held an annual concrete canoe competition for student members. Take a look at the design process ASCE students undertake to create their canoes.

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Detecting damage in concrete structures: Tubular smart aggregates hold advantage over patch-based and spherical sensors

By Lisa McDonald / April 9, 2019

In a recent study, researchers proposed a tubular design for smart aggregates that can monitor structural health of concrete structures, a design that could overcome limitations faced by patch-based and spherical sensors.

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From toilet to pipeline: Sanitary ware ceramics could serve all sewage needs

By Lisa McDonald / January 25, 2019

What happens to sanitary ware ceramics after their life as a toilet comes to an end? According to new research, these ceramics could be recycled for another useful purpose—as aggregate for concrete.

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Video: Microcapsules help concrete heal itself

By Lisa McDonald / January 9, 2019

Self-healing concrete can be made several ways. Researchers at University of Cambridge developed a method that involves mineral healing agents—delivered via microcapsules.

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Video: 3D-knitted textile replaces conventional formwork on KnitCandela project

By Faye Oney / December 5, 2018

Researchers 3D-knitted a formwork structure that would replace traditional formwork with a knitted textile. The technology simplifies the construction process and saves time and money in materials and labor.

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Environmentally-friendly bio-bricks: Urine for a surprise

By Faye Oney / November 27, 2018

Researchers have developed a method of creating bio-bricks from human urine. The process also offers by-products of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium that could be used as components in commercial fertilizers.

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World Cement Association lays out plan to reduce global carbon emissions

By Faye Oney / November 13, 2018

The World Cement Association recently outlined a five-part initiative to reduce carbon emissions in its industry and support the Paris Agreement’s goal of reducing global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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Video: This technology is already lowering cement’s carbon footprint

By Faye Oney / August 29, 2018

A Canadian company has commercialized a process that captures carbon dioxide waste to mix with concrete during production. This proprietary technology is a good first step in reducing cement’s impact on the environment.

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