New nanostructured concrete technology increases load-carrying capacity by more than 200%

Updated May 4, 2017
Photo: Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University.Photo: Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University.

Scientists at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in Russia have developed a new construction technique based on nanostructured high-strength, lightweight concrete.

According to a report by Electronics 360, the concrete can increase load-carrying capability by more than 200 percent and decrease the density of construction by 80 percent, as well as offer resistance to corrosion, aggressive environments, and excessive frost.

Researchers calculate that structures built using this technology could increase their service life by at least two to three times over current construction methods.

“Such system allows to ensure the structure integrity even in conditions of seismic activity, since the load is distributed throughout the structure as a whole, and not by individual reinforcement bars,” Alexander Rassokhin, professor of the Institute of Civil Engineering at SPbPU, told the news agency. “The invention can be used in the construction of bridges and pedestrian crossings, non-metallic ships, low-rise residential buildings.”