The future of earthquake proofing has arrived. Its name? Bendable concrete. Professor Victor Li at the University of Michigan developed
a self-healing, fiber-reinforced bendable concrete that is 500 times
more resistant to cracking than the regular variety.
it’s 40% lighter in weight. This revolutionary material, known as ECC
concrete, is designed with maximum flexibility due to the tiny fibers
that take up about 2% of the mixture’s volume. All it needs is a little water, CO2, and tender loving care to heal breakages after stress.
The performance of ECC has been measured via an October 2002 patch repair on the Curtis Road Bridge
in Ann Arbor. Seven years of freezing and thawing cycles later, you can
see the difference between the ECC patch and the concrete patch placed
next to it; the ECC patch proves to have much better crack control.
concrete is not really eco-friendly, but think of all the demolished
concrete that ends up in our landfills because of its lack of
durability and sustainability - this material will hold up under severe
loading and won’t need to be demolished. Plus it’s 37% cheaper and
produces 39% less carbon dioxide than regular concrete.
What type of remodeling job are you interested in?