Sunday, May 1, 2005

Bendable Concrete

Bendable ConcreteWhat will they come up with next?! Victor Li, at the University of Michigan has invented a new fiber-reinforced bendable concrete. It is said that this new type of concrete are superior to other similar types of concretes because the ingredients to the concrete itself was specifically designed to provide more flexibility. The Engineered Cement Composites (ECC) is 40% lighter, 500 times more resistant to cracking, 37% less expensive, consumes 40% less energy, and produces 39% less carbon dioxide than regular concrete! The stats alone seems greener, and more efficient. I wonder how far this technology will go. I would imagine this to affect the construction industry in a global scale. I would also be interested to see how this technology is being applied.


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