Russian Scientists Develop Nanostructured Concrete


A professor and graduate student at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (Saint Petersburg, Russia) have developed several building blocks for construction based on nanostructured concrete.

The lightweight blocks are reinforced with skew-angular composite grids, according to a press release issued via Electronics 360. The development has enabled an increased load-carrying capability by more than 200 percent.

“The invention can be used in the construction of bridges and pedestrian crossings, non-metallic ships, and low-rise residential buildings," said student Alexander Rassokhin.

The blocks are also resistant to corrosion and aggressive environments, according to the release. Rassokhin and professor Andrey Ponomarev also concluded that the life of the structures made from these blocks would increase two to three times.

"This system ensures structural integrity even in conditions of seismic activity, since the load is distributed throughout the structure as a whole, and not by individual reinforcement bars,” Rassokhin said.

The basis of the research has been described in an article titled "Hybrid Wood-Polymer Composites in Civil Engineering" in Russia’s Magazine of Civil Engineering.


Tagged categories: Building Envelope; concrete; Construction; Nanotechnology; North America

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