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Key test for re-healable concrete (concrete that patches itself)
bbc ^ | october 30, 2012 | paul rincon

Posted on 11/03/2012 4:13:20 AM PDT by lowbridge

Experimental concrete that patches up cracks by itself is to undergo outdoor testing.

The concrete contains limestone-producing bacteria, which are activated by corrosive rainwater working its way into the structure.

The new material could potentially increase the service life of the concrete - with considerable cost savings as a result.

The work is taking place at Delft Technical University, the Netherlands.

It is the brainchild of microbiologist Henk Jonkers and concrete technologist Eric Schlangen.

If all goes well, Dr Jonkers says they could start the process of commercialising the system in 2-3 years.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: concrete

1 posted on 11/03/2012 4:13:25 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

The horror movie writes itself...


2 posted on 11/03/2012 4:36:05 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: freedumb2003

then there was the day it became self-aware ...


3 posted on 11/03/2012 4:46:27 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: freedumb2003

Attack of the killer sidewalks


4 posted on 11/03/2012 4:47:40 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: NonValueAdded

             

5 posted on 11/03/2012 6:16:42 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: NonValueAdded

Not to worry, the concrete is gonna be closely monitored to see how it behaves...

Interesting stuff! Is this part of the mixture joining the blocks in the pyramids?


6 posted on 11/03/2012 7:22:02 AM PDT by cyn (Benghazi. That says it all.)
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Attack of the killer sidewalks

It's already happening here in Michigan, you should see and drive our roads.......

7 posted on 11/03/2012 7:25:32 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: lowbridge

Thanks for this very interesting article. It is a wonderful idea. I hope they can get it to a place where it can be used commercially.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 7:36:43 AM PDT by The Californian (The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition. Bob Jones, Sr.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

You have to be kidding about Michigan roads, everytime we visit Mom I have to have a couple of dental crowns replaced to say nothing of my car’s suspension.


9 posted on 11/03/2012 8:38:58 AM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Rappini
You have to be kidding about Michigan roads

then you missed my meaning

10 posted on 11/03/2012 9:05:25 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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