Scientists from Singapore have created flexible concrete

Scientists from Singapore have created flexible concrete
February 28 08:42 2018

Flexible concrete

Traditional concrete – an excellent material for the production of paving, but with a small thickness, it is fragile. Scientists from Singapore’s Technological University of Nanyang have solved this problem by developing flexible concrete, from which it is possible to make light paving slabs.

Regular concrete is produced from a mixture of cement, gravel, sand and water. The new material called ConFlexPave also includes polymer microfibers. They are thinner than the human hair and provide an even distribution of the load over the entire surface.

As a result, ConFlexPave is a solid, metal-like structure that withstands bending loads twice that of conventional concrete. An additional advantage of the new material is an increased resistance to slipping.

Flexible concreteCommon concrete in comparison with flexible

According to the creators of the material, the plates produced at the plant will be delivered to the construction sites much more quickly without the use of a special vehicle with a high load capacity. If the individual slabs are damaged, they can be removed from the pavement and replaced.

ConFlexPave slabs of small size have already been tested in the laboratory. The developers plan to create full-sized pieces to cover the tracks around the campus to check how they will withstand for three years millions of pedestrians and tens of thousands of cars.

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