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Apr. 28, 2016 — Normally, it takes weeks to repair the cracking or spalling of columns on just one bridge damaged in an earthquake. Now a team of researchers has developed a new process of fixing damaged bridge ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — Research shows that utilizing recycled rubber derived from scrap vehicle tires can significantly contribute to the development of semi-lightweight and lightweight ... read more

Earthquake Research in New Zealand on Damaged Buildings

Mar. 1, 2016 — In 2010 and 2011, the Canterbury region of New Zealand experienced an extended sequence of earthquakes, with the two most prominent events occurring on September 4, 2010 (Darfield earthquake, MW 7.1) ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — By changing the microstructure in magnesium alloys, researchers have succeeded in improving possibilities for the transport sector to use these materials to decrease the weight of ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Offshore wind farms generate energy from the raw winds out at sea. But the salty air causes them to rust. For such plants to be profitable, they have to re- main in service for at least 25 years – ... read more

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

Jan. 14, 2016 — Damage developing in a material can be difficult to see until something breaks or fails. A new polymer damage indication system automatically highlights areas that are cracked, scratched or stressed, ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — A combined solution offers better protection against traffic noise – and can also benefit two-wheeled ... read more

'Legos' for Fabrication of Atomically Precise Electronic Circuits

Jan. 8, 2016 — For the first time, researchers tailored the electronic properties of nanoribbons using a new “bottom-up” method that precisely controls and modulates the atomic-scale width within a single ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Self-compacting high-performance concrete has till now suffered from one weakness: when exposed to fire it flakes and splits, which reduces its loadbearing capacity. Scientists in Switzerland have ... read more

You Can Have Your Conductor and Insulator, Too

Dec. 11, 2015 — By carefully tuning the chemical composition of a particular compound, researchers have created a topological crystalline insulator, whose bulk acts as an insulator but whose surface conducts ... 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

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