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What can ancient Roman structures tell us about improving durability for cementitious materials? This and much more inside June/July 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / May 18, 2018

The June/July 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about how ancient concrete is providing insights into new durable concrete, perspectives from students, and much more.

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News, Millie, cold sintering, Roman concrete, and lots of chocolate make Eileen’s list

By Eileen De Guire / December 29, 2017

Eileen’s favorite posts reflect the mission of Ceramic Tech Today to bring you interesting news that may not make it to you otherwise. We filter through hundreds of press releases weekly to find what matters, so you can focus on your work. We aim to inform and sometimes entertain!

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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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Unique crystals prevent crack propagation and bestow strength to ancient Roman concrete

By April Gocha / January 6, 2015

A new study confirms that unique aluminum-containing crystals that form in Roman concrete are behind the material’s robust strength and durability.

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Ancient lessons: Roman concrete durable, green

By Jim Destefani / June 10, 2013

Drill core of concrete from a 2,000-year-old Roman breakwater consists of pumice (yellowish inclusions), lava and other volcanic crystalline materials (dark and gray spots), and lime (white). Inset: scanning electron micrograph of aluminum tobermorite crystals believed to provide the superior durability and mechanical properties of Roman seawater concrete. Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Scientists working…

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