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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016 — Computer modeling technologies are being developed to help engineers design better machines. The models are being applied to wind turbines, artificial hearts and gas ... read more

Chemical Study of Influence of Marine Environment on Historical Buildings

Jan. 18, 2016 — By means of various analytical tools, researchers have analyzed the influence that may be exerted by various marine and urban-industrial atmospheres on the state of conservation of three buildings ... read more

Dec. 11, 2015 — More efficient computers and other devices often begin with new materials. One promising option is vanadium dioxide, which rapidly transforms from an insulator to a conductor in femtoseconds. ... read more

Damaged Steel Wires on Concrete and Steel Bridges Now Visible With Terahertz Waves

Dec. 10, 2015 — Researchers have found a way to make covered or hidden PC steel wires visible, by developing a new terahertz wave light source featuring both light and radio-wave ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — Protecting schools and their associated high-occupancy buildings from the most violent tornadoes is the goal of the first approved building code changes based on a technical investigation into the ... read more

Dec. 4, 2015 — Building burglary-resistent doors with thermal insulation is a challenge for manufacturers. Their complex structure provides holes for the flow of air. With scientific simulation methods, researchers ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Using an old 19th century apartment block in Oslo as a case study, researchers are looking for conservation measures for heritage buildings. How can we make them watertight, insulated and protected ... read more

Anti-Seismic Bricks to Improve Buildings' Response to Earthquakes

Nov. 25, 2015 — Sisbrick is a new class of earthquake-resistant building materials that seismically isolates partition walls from the main building structure, significantly reducing the tension between these two ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — New research into the distribution of natural light and its level of exposure in historic buildings has been the focus of recent research. The work included imaging methods to measure where the ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Engineers are testing new concrete technology for taller wind turbine towers. The idea is to build taller towers that are also easy to transport and assemble. Taller towers provide access to the ... read more

Low-Cost Offshore Wind Turbine Created

Nov. 6, 2015 — Researchers have designed and patented a floating platform for offshore wind turbines that can reduce energy costs to 12 euro cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) through a more efficient design and cheaper ... read more

Structure of 'Concrete Disease' Solved

Nov. 5, 2015 — When bridges, dam walls and other structures made of concrete are streaked with dark cracks after a few decades, the culprit is AAR: the alkali-aggregate reaction. AAR damages concrete structures all ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — We've all heard about 'power houses' -- buildings that in the course of their lifetimes generate more energy than they consume. Now is the time to launch 'power roads'. The ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — An engineer's solution for streamlining the construction of skyscrapers is having a skyscraper moment in one of the most seismically active regions of the country. All coupling beams in the 1.5 ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — As the push for thinner and faster electronics continues, a new finding could help inform the design of the next generation of cheaper, more efficient ... read more

Fukushima Disaster Was Preventable, Study Suggests

Sep. 21, 2015 — Researchers distilled thousands of pages of government and industry reports and hundreds of news stories, focusing on the run-up to the Fukushima disaster and found that a cascade of errors led to ... read more

Insights Into Obscure Transition Uncovered by X-Rays

Sep. 11, 2015 — The list of potential mechanisms that underlie an unusual metal-insulator transition has been narrowed by a team of scientists using a combination of X-ray techniques. This transition has ... read more

A New Sensor System Enables Researchers to Know the Risk of Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures in Real Time

Sep. 4, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new sensor system able to quickly and non-destructively detect the risk of corrosion in the concrete structure of buildings and do so when the first symptoms ... read more

Flood Damage After Hurricane Katrina Could Have Been Prevented, Experts Say

Aug. 24, 2015 — A decade after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, experts say the flooding that caused over 1,800 deaths and billions of dollars in property damage could have been prevented had the U.S. Army Corps ... read more

New Technology Could Reduce Wind Energy Costs

Aug. 13, 2015 — When a bearing inside a wind turbine is subject to a load, its thickness is reduced by a very small amount due to elastic deformation, and the speed of sound is affected by the stress level in the ... read more

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