Construction

Video: How to create a float for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Lisa McDonald / November 27, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Find out the steps involved in the design process and take a look at the five new floats that will debut this Thanksgiving!

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Porcelain enamel in history: The all-ceramic homes of World War II

By April Gocha / November 26, 2019

Porcelain enamel is found in various products, places, and applications in modern homes, but at one point in history, it looked like houses would be made entirely of this material. Learn the history of the Lustron homes that served as a quick and low-cost solution to the post-World War II housing crisis.

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Power over Ethernet: The wire(not)less future of smart buildings

By Lisa McDonald / November 22, 2019

Many companies tout wireless devices as key to the Internet of Things. In the case of smart buildings, though, Ethernet cables may be the best way to achieve IoT. Learn what Power over Ethernet (PoE) offers smart buildings and take a look at a new hotel that uses PoE.

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Ceramics and glass make a home, plus more inside December 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 21, 2019

The December 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring ceramic and glass materials in a house—is now available online. Plus—ceramicSOURCE 2020 and C&GM (new!)

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Video: The rising popularity of fiber cement siding

By Lisa McDonald / September 18, 2019

Fiber cement is an increasingly popular material for house siding. Find out the history of the material, how it compares to other common siding materials, and how it is produced.

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Video: How long should highway construction actually take? Piezoelectric sensors may offer more precise answer

By Lisa McDonald / September 11, 2019

Highway construction can take longer than is necessary if cars drive on the concrete before it has fully matured. Purdue University researchers are working with the Indiana Department of Transportation to test piezoelectric sensors that measure concrete strength.

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Water to the rescue: Hydrodemolition ideal method for repairing crumbling concrete

By Lisa McDonald / July 19, 2019

United States’ infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Hydrodemolition is an ideal method for concrete reconstruction. Learn about hydrodemolition history, advantages of the technique, and what to consider before choosing it for your project.

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Structural clay experts converge on Indianapolis for networking, tours, and more at 2019 brick meeting

By Greg Geiger / July 10, 2019

More than 100 attendees converged in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 24–27 to take part in the combined meeting of the ACerS Structural Clay Products Division, ACerS Southwest Section, and Clemson University’s National Brick Research Center.

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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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