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Taiwan Introduces New Reinforced Concrete

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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At the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (Taipei, Taiwan), researchers have successfully developed a new type of reinforced concrete, specialized for high-rise buildings.

According to reports, the composite-reinforced concrete is said to be 2.4 times stronger than its predecessor. The new strength will allow for potentially doubling the height of new residential buildings.

The New Formulation

Introduced by Lin Ker-Chun, a research fellow at NCREE, the high-strength reinforced concrete is the world’s second to be developed, next to Japan. After the country built the world’s first 59-floor apartment with its reinforced concrete in 2009, research at NCREE began working on its own formula.

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At the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (Taipei, Taiwan), researchers have successfully developed a new type of reinforced concrete, specialized for high-rise buildings.

The following year, NCREE released its development of steel reinforcing bars that were tested to be 1.6 times stronger than the traditional product.

As for the newly developed concrete, Ker-Chun points out that the reinforced version uses new materials composed within a versatile composite, more commonly used in modern construction due to its low cost and fire and sound insulation properties.

Ker-Chun also adds that the new formulation can be used in precast methods, which will allow for the creation of columns at the factory. Once constructed, the columns can then be shipped out and brought together on site, reducing total construction time.

Using pillars of the same size, research also proved the strength of the formulation to have a much better earthquake resistance than the original product.

By being able to build higher and stronger buildings, the country expects to see an increase in public and green spaces and a lower demand for land space.

Other Concrete Studies

In March of this year, a separate study was released by Alan Richardson, chairman of the United Kingdom-based Concrete Society and associate professor in the Mechanical and Construction Engineering Department at Northumbria University (Newcastle, England), with the help of academic colleagues from India and Canada-based universities in creating a tougher form of concrete.

Unlike NCREE, Richardson’s new type of concrete uses an innovative 3D-fiber reinforcement verses the traditional 2D variety. The new concrete aims to significantly lower the fatality rate caused by earthquakes, bomb explosions and other nature- or human-created disasters, according to researchers.


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