Jenni Quach | Blog 3
ConFlexPave, a new, bendable concrete is a potential replacement for today’s concrete. The problem with typical concrete is its fragility. The ingredients in concrete are cement, water, gravel, and sand. As the mixture dries and ages, minuscule or ginormous cracks form (Phys). There could be numerous reasons for cracks forming such as: an earthquake, damage from heavy objects, or old age. However, the main cause is due to its lack of flexibility. On the other hand, ConFlexPave incorporates polymer microfibres into the mixture which creates flexibility (Phys). When comparing regular concrete and ConFlexPave, the bendable concrete is stronger, lower maintenance, and less labour intensive than regular concrete. Alternatively, concrete is already applied in the real world. ConFlexPave is currently being tested at the Nanyang Technological University and they have discovered that it is as strong as metal because the polymer microfibres evenly distribute weight across the slab (Phys). In addition to its strength, it requires little maintenance due to its flexibility. Since it is flexible, there will be less surface fractures, making it last longer than typical concrete. Finally, ConFlexPave is less labour intensive than regular concrete because the slabs are half the size of typical concrete; this results in lighter weight and quicker installment (Phys). Bendable concrete is great in small experiments, but there could be concerns with the real life application of it. Would the concrete bend too much during transportation and eventually snap in two? If we used ConFlexPave as a building facade, would the building slowly bend over time? Unfortunately, the article does not mention if the concrete is easily bendable. Nevertheless, ConFlexPave is a material worth investing in to further evolve its capabilities.
“New Bendable Concrete That Is Stronger and More Durable.” Phys. N.p., 17 Aug. 2016. Web. 20 Sept. 2016. <http://phys.org/news/2016-08-bendable-concrete-stronger-durable.html>.
New Lighter, Tougher, and Bendable Concrete Aims to Revolutionize Roads. Digital image. Futurism. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 18 Sept. 2016. <http://futurism.com/new-lighter-tougher-and-bendable-concrete-aims-to-revolutionize-roads/>.