A new concrete has been developed to reduce the time needed for road works by more than half, report scientists. This innovation allows t...

New Bendable Concrete that is Stronger and more Durable

A new concrete has been developed to reduce the time needed for road works by more than half, report scientists. This innovation allows the creation of slim precast pavement slabs for quick installation, thus halving the time needed for road works and new pavements. It is also more sustainable, requiring less maintenance.

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University‘s NTU-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre have invented a new kind of bendable concrete that is stronger and longer lasting that traditional concrete.

ConFlexPave is specifically engineered to have certain types of hard materials mixed with polymer microfibres. The inclusion of these special synthetic fibres, besides allowing the concrete to flex and bend under tension, also enhances skid resistance. ConFlexPave allows for the creation of slim precast pavement slabs, which could halve the time necessary for road work and creating new pavements. This would enhance workers’ safety, reduce construction time and be less inconvenient for road users.

ConFlexPave has been successfully tested as tablet-sized slabs at NTU laboratories and will be scaled up for further testing over the next three years in partnership with JTC – at suitable locations within JTC’s industrial estates and in NTU where there will be human and vehicular traffic.

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22 comments:

  1. Amazing and wonderful research, good NTU & JTC thank you

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  2. Amazing and wonderful research, good NTU & JTC thank you

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  3. Amazing but what about cost factor?

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  4. Amazing but what about cost factor?

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  5. Sir which material use for longer lasting concrete..

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  6. Sir which material used in concrete for longer lasting

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  7. Congratulations for your innovation

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  8. Which waste materials works as super plasticizer in concrete mixining.

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  9. Waoo.. This is an amazing innovation.

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  10. Big shout out for these scientists. But it seems like this compound has not capability of proper level of elasticity I mean it is pretty sure that it works in plastic surface.Thats why with that elements it has to be use solely on pavements and roads . However i hope they would be able to advance the features of their breakthrough.

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  11. I had a doubt sir,after applying load it will bend then after removing the load will the material is regained in to its original shape

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  12. sir when it is used for pavement,may be it creates a problem where the soil or formation has less bearing capasity.

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    1. Even if it doesn't regain it's original shape it will last a lot longer than traditional concrete that fractures and disassembles. This is not new tech, Covintec systems for example have recommended adding fibers for elasticity to building panels as an earthquake damage deterrent for decades.

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  13. Good afternoon, very good innovation. contributes to the environment and durability of concrete. What are the components?

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  14. Sir, it is a great contribution to our society.
    I had doubt , is this elongation will effect the size and shape of the structure? Is this economical?

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  15. I've been a cement mason for 30 years. I can only imagine the potential uses. Great job!

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  16. Domnilor,
    Felicitari......am incercat si eu asemenea materiale....dar nu au performantele mentionate de Dumneavoastra,
    inventator si inginer Alecu Ioan.
    Atelier cercetare avansata- Romania.

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