Self-Desiccating Concrete

Moisture-related flooring problems have become a thorn in the sides of many  architects, contractors, and building owners. The failures are typically caused by left-over batch water (known as water of convenience) or moisture vapor from the subgrade. Groundwater is rarely a significant factor. The excess moisture vapor mixed with highly sensitive (that is, water-tight) floor coverings creates a situation where flooring materials blister, bubble and delaminate entirely.

Tech Bulletin No. 3 - Self-Healing Concretes

Lab Press stressing concrete slab

Autogenous healing of concrete is a phenomenon whereby ion-rich pore solutions migrating through the capillary porosity of cement can deposit cement compounds within cracks and voids, thereby healing small areas of damage. The process requires that water be present in the pores of the cement and typically takes many years.

MSE Technical Bulletin No.1 - Concrete Tent

Concrete Tent

Did You Say “Concrete Tent?”

Hands-down one of the coolest new uses for concrete seen in recent years is this inflatable concrete tent! That’s right, I said concrete and tent in the same sentence.

Envisioned as an emergency and rapidly-deployable infrastructure for use by humanitarian agencies in response to natural disasters and political refugee crises, this “building in a bag” was invented by two engineering students from the Royal College of Art in London.

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