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CCNY Team Researches Unique Glass Powder for Concrete Production








In potentially transformative research for both the recycling and concrete industries, a City College of New York civil engineering team is developing a glass powder to replace cement in the production of concrete.

May 17, 2016
Light-emitting Cement Could Light Roads Without Electricity

Light emitting cement announced research that could lead to a way to light roads, highways or bicycle lanes without electricity.

May 12, 2016
Concrete's Structure is Now Known

Microscopic Cement Structure

The website revealed new research into whether the structure that forms when water, gravel, sand and cement powder are combined is a continuous solid, like metal or stone, or an aggregate of small particles.

February 10, 2016
Researchers File Patent for Fire-resistant Concrete

fire resistant concrete

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have added polypropylene (PP) fiber to a concrete mix. The technique allows water vapor to escape, preventing pressure from building inside the concrete, making it more fire-proof.

January 15, 2016
Materials Scientists Make Martian Concrete

Martian Concrete

A research team has created a form of concrete that, remarkably, can be made without water and using materials that are widely available on Mars.

January 7, 2016
New Technique Could Make Cement Manufacturing Carbon Neutral

carbon neutral cement production

The manufacturing process which produces ordinary portland cement, the ubiquitous ingredient in the concrete used around the world, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. New research suggests that portland cement can be produced with no carbon dioxide emissions.

October 9, 2015
Researcher Uses Microwave to 'Bake' Concrete

Concrete thermography

An electrical engineer at Missouri University of Science and Technology is using microwave energy to test concrete and rehabilitated aluminum, and in the future her work could lead to safer bridges and aircraft parts.

September 14, 2015
Battelle Develops Self-Healing Smart Beads that Detect and Repair Corrosion

Battelle corrosion detecting microbeads

Battelle scientists have developed a tiny bead, the Battelle Smart Corrosion Detector bead, that not only detects corrosion but delivers a payload to help heal the microscopic cracks that rust creates.

September 2, 2015
Geopolymer Concrete Shows Extreme Fire-Proof Qualities

Fire-proof concrete

Concrete made using an industrial by-product has shown better fire endurance than traditional concrete when exposed to fires of nearly 1000 degrees Celsius.

July 9, 2015
Cement Makers Test Cleaner Concrete for Carbon Capture

Clean cement


Cement production contributes an estimated 6 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and some scientists are trying to chip away at that pollution problem. Two start-ups, one in Canada and another in Arizona, are among the newer entries in the effort to produce cleaner cement and concrete.

July 8, 2015