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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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The many types of bricks

By Lisa McDonald / May 3, 2019

A brick is more than just a small red clay building unit—it could be sand lime, concrete, or fly ash as well. Learn about some of the materials commonly used to create bricks, and find out how bricks could be built to better withstand extreme weather.

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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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Do the environment a (bio)solid—use bio-bricks!

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2019

RMIT University researchers found biosolids-enhanced bricks showed lower thermal conductivity and reduced brick firing energy demands compared to traditional bricks.

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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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Preventing ASR in nuclear reactor radiation shielding concrete

By Lisa McDonald / November 27, 2018

Polish researchers tested five high-density aggregate possibilities for nuclear power plant construction and found the aggregates with microcrystalline quartz were susceptible to alkali-silica reactions.

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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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3D-printed Smart Slab offers unique architectural design, lower carbon footprint

By Faye Oney / August 24, 2018

Researchers have developed an architectural construction technology that combines 3-D-printed design with the strength of concrete. Smart Slab weighs less than half of conventional concrete and generates a lower carbon footprint.

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Color, eclectic design dominate Brick in Architecture Awards

By Faye Oney / August 3, 2018

The Brick Industry Association recently announced the winners of the 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards. Check out the Best in Class winners and watch a video of these inspiring brick designs.

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Video: 3-D printer creates 1,022 square-foot house for actual family

By Faye Oney / August 1, 2018

Architects in Nantes, France have created a 1,022 square-foot 3-D-printed house that a family of five has recently moved into. Watch the video to learn more about the house, which took 54 hours to print.

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