Construction

Video: Pedestrians’ footsteps generate power to light street lamps

By Faye Oney / August 2, 2017

Can our footsteps generate enough power to light up the streets? A London company has installed energy-harvesting tiles that can generate electricity from pedestrians’ footsteps to power street lamps and air purifiers.

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High-tech methods confirm Pliny the Elder’s observations and reveal new insights into strength of Roman concrete

By April Gocha / July 31, 2017

An international group of scientists recently found that the key to the strength of ancient Roman concrete is the presence of aluminous tobermorite, a mineral that slowly forms within voids and prevents cracks from traversing through the concrete.

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Video: Engineering the world’s most super-soaking, 7-foot-long water gun

By April Gocha / July 26, 2017

In a recent video, engineer Mark Rober demonstrated the amazing super-soaking power of the world’s largest water gun, a monster 7-foot-long creation that he engineered in the likeness of a Super Soaker (Larami Ltd.) to blast water out at a whopping 272 mph.

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Brick in Architecture Awards illustrate aesthetic importance of clay brick

By Faye Oney / July 25, 2017

The Brick Industry Association recently announced its 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards Competition winners. Check out how designers used clay bricks to create beautiful structures and landscapes.

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Video: Concrete reinforced with recycled tire fibers has enhanced performance, reduced environmental impact

By April Gocha / June 28, 2017

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.

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Taller concrete wind turbine towers may finally get off the ground to expand wind power potential

By April Gocha / June 12, 2017

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.

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Video: 3-D printed bridge uses sustainable design

By Faye Oney / June 7, 2017

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.

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Video: ‘Bioconcrete’ of the future can heal itself

By Faye Oney / May 24, 2017

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.

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First combined structural clay meeting brings 100+ attendees to Fort Worth

By Greg Geiger / May 19, 2017

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.

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Arched design allows concrete floors to go thinner and lighter, offers green building solution

By April Gocha / May 16, 2017

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.

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