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September 23rd, 2011

Video of the week: ‘Liquid Wall’ curtain walls of ultra-high-performance concrete

Published on September 23rd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Liquid Wall Prototype for Innovate:Integrate Exhibition from arbuckle industries on Vimeo.

This video features one example of the innovative architectural structural design opportunities emerging from the availability of ultra-high-performance concrete. This material, also known as ultra-high-strength concrete, provides improved strength, stiffness, ductility and durability compared to typical concrete. The UHPC used in this video is a product called Ductal, made by Lafarge North America.

The design for the curtain wall permits replacement of individual units and allows for the incorporation of passive solar heating panels.

For an good overview on UHPC (or UHSC), see this prophetic 1998 paper by Surendra P. Shah and W. Jason Weiss from the Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials.


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