Well, the Winter Olympics are finished, and we have our sights set on 2020. Japan caught our attention with one of their Summer Olympic announcements. The Tokyo games will feature a first: skateboarding. While none of us here are about to land a 180 kickflip, we have an interest in skateboarding trends for a pretty … Continue reading Could a Skate Park Resurgence Be on the Horizon?
Quick fix: Researchers at the University of California recently discovered that hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete (HyFRC) tubes performed better than HyFRC cast-in-place columns during bridge seismic-testing scenarios. In the future, these HyFRC tubes could replace current precast column techniques for bridges. Making concrete bridges stronger During America’s amazing growth from 1945 through 1970, many reinforced concrete … Continue reading Hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete columns and bridge stabilization
Reinforced concrete is a go-to for bridges built to last. But not all of those bridges are for freshwater rivers or gaping ravines. A recent study evaluated concrete submerged in the ocean along the Norwegian and Danish coastlines. The concrete tested ranged in age from 2 to 34 years. No matter the age, the concrete … Continue reading Zonation in Marine Concrete: Simplified
“The conditions of the world are changing,” says Oral Buyukozturk, MIT civil and environmental engineering professor. Increasing environmental demands on existing infrastructure and stronger regulations insist innovation must occur within the concrete batching and construction industries. In an effort inspired by the success of Roman concrete systems, Buyukozturk is trying to find a way to … Continue reading Concrete Industry News: Concrete Simulation Breakthrough
The time has come to evaluate 2017’s budget and plan for next year. While the future is never certain, we’ve compiled a few predictions you should consider as you create next year’s goals. 1. Interest in decorative concrete is on the rise As the economy grows and more millennials buy homes, low-maintenance features are … Continue reading Planning for 2018: 4 Things Construction Professionals Need to Know
At a glance, concrete isn’t great for the environment. Creating product in older concrete plants uses a lot of energy. And staple ingredients like Portland cement produce substantial CO2 emissions through the manufacturing process. In the long run, however, concrete can be better for the environment than alternatives. For one, it’s tough. Concrete withstands fire, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Reduce Concrete Plant Energy Usage
Coconut water and coconut oil are taking the world by storm. Health nuts claim coconut oil offers a variety of benefits over other oils. And coconut water is a good way to add potassium to any diet. Or maybe you’ve heard of coco-biodiesel? No, it’s not a chocolatey cereal. Coco-biodiesel creators assert the fuel … Continue reading Can Coconut Be Used as an Aggregate?
Portland Cement and Fly Ash There’s no way around it. Producing ordinary Portland cement uses lots of energy and releases an exorbitant amount of carbon dioxide. As the industry moves toward measures that would be less harmful to the environment, Portland cement has continued to dominate. Certainly, Portland cement is a great binder, but in … Continue reading Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Concrete Strength Tests
There’s a lot of buzz around our region as our neighbors at Southeast Missouri State University gear up for the solar eclipse happening next week. Cape Girardeau will be in complete darkness at an unusual time: 20 minutes after 1 in the afternoon. Or when the moon will completely block out the sun. Even if … Continue reading It Came From Outer Space: Lunar Concrete
If you’ve been following our latest posts, then you know there is a growing interest in using various forms of waste in aggregate – learn more about seashells as an aggregate. Some of the latest research published in Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly puts steel-making slag to the test using a factorial design approach. … Continue reading Waste to Watch: Slag as an Aggregate