Building Blocks: From Ancient Times to the Space Age, Concrete Has Staying Power (UF Explore)

Building Blocks: From Ancient Times to the Space Age, Concrete Has Staying Power

The earliest known use of concrete is a floor that dates back to Galilee, circa 7000 BCE, still sound when unearthed in 2007. After thousands of years as the go-to building material, it might seem like science surely could come up with something better, perhaps a material that doesn’t crack or crumble when used in columns or sidewalks.

And science can, says University of Florida civil engineering researcher Christopher Ferraro.

The problem is that many materials that are stronger or more durable than concrete don’t provide clues that something is wrong. The cracks in concrete are a signal, Ferraro says, one that can save lives.

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Check out one of Dr. Ferraro’s technologies available for licensing here.
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