14th Advances in Cement-Based Materials covers all aspects of cements research, from basic to applied

By Vicki Evans / July 1, 2024

The 14th Advances in Cement-Based Materials meeting took place June 19–21, 2024, at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The meeting welcomed 148 attendees.

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Green steel: Reducing carbon emissions in the production of industrial metals

By Lisa McDonald / June 4, 2024

Last month, three groups announced different approaches to reduce carbon emissions in steel production, through use of hydrogen, electricity, and recovered cement, respectively.

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Next step in cement-free refractories: Follow-up study emphasizes potential of geopolymer binders

By Lisa McDonald / March 26, 2024

In August 2023, researchers at the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil conducted preliminary tests on the potential of metakaolin-derived geopolymer binders to replace calcium aluminate cement binders in high-alumina refractory castables. A new follow-up study confirms this potential.

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Luminescent material offers real-time analysis of concrete deterioration

By Lisa McDonald / January 30, 2024

Determining the degree of carbonation in a concrete structure allows for timely maintenance to avoid catastrophic failure. Researchers led by the University of São Paulo’s Physics Institute developed a luminescent material that can indicate the degree of carbonation in concrete structures in a nondestructive manner.

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Replacing concrete seawalls with vinyl may adversely affect oyster populations

By Lisa McDonald / October 10, 2023

Vinyl seawalls have grown in popularity compared to traditional concrete due to being less costly and unsusceptible to salt water. Yet this budget-friendly solution may cause even more problems for the environment, based on observations from a small-scale study reported by Sarasota Bay Estuary Program staff.

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Video: Years of slashed infrastructure spending culminates in crumbling concrete crisis in the UK

By Lisa McDonald / September 20, 2023

Years of slashed infrastructure spending by the U.K.’s Conservative-led government has culminated in a crumbling concrete crisis as buildings constructed out of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete begin to fail after being pushed beyond their intended lifespan.

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Training the next generation of builders—first large-scale construction 3D printer in the Buckeye State arrives at OSU

By Guest Contributor / August 25, 2023

Further expanding the use of 3D printing in construction will require training the next generation of builders on these techniques. A new research partnership between The Ohio State University and 3D-printing construction company Pantheon Innovative Builders will help provide this training through use of COBOD International’s construction-grade BOD2 printer.

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Video: Computer vision method demonstrates potential of rapid and automated quality control for cements

By Lisa McDonald / July 26, 2023

Testing the durability of building materials is typically a slow, tedious, and labor-intensive process. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign used computer vision to develop a fast and affordable method for testing cement durability, demonstrating the potential to improve quality control in the cement industry through automated methods.

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Embodied carbon of concrete in buildings: Large-scale study calls for more consistency and accuracy in reporting of carbon impacts

By Lisa McDonald / July 14, 2023

Players in the cement and concrete sectors are working diligently to achieve a reduction in emissions. However, there are multiple gaps in knowledge about the extent of these emissions, which makes it difficult to determine how effective new initiatives are at reducing emissions. A group of researchers from several universities in the United Kingdom are conducting a large-scale study to help fill this knowledge gap.

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13th Advances in Cement-Based Materials covers all aspects of cements research, from basic to applied

By Karen McCurdy / June 23, 2023

The 13th Advances in Cement-Based Materials meeting, which took place June 14–16, 2023, at Columbia University in New York, featured a variety of events, including a poster session, the Della Roy Lecture, and an industry panel.

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