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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Digital Fabrication in Architecture

Feb. 17, 2017 — Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Researchers are studying corrosion to help industry develop longer-lasting photovoltaic panels and increase ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Bridges built to meet current Canadian safety codes are being 'overbuilt' and may not withstand a major earthquake, says a new ... read more

One Radiator to Heat a Whole Floor

Jan. 12, 2017 — Saving energy from building highly insulated homes — often called passive homes or zero-emissions homes — makes sense for the climate and for the homeowner's pocketbook. But what happens if ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — An alternative for resource intensive formwork for the construction of concrete domes has been developed. It is now used in a test dome for the Austrian Federal Railways ... read more

Nov. 10, 2016 — The Waldbahn railway line near Welzheim is one of the most beautiful railway lines in South Germany and listed as a monument. Its viaducts, however, require restoration. The 100-year-old Laufenmühle ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — New homes are increasingly being built with unusual roof shapes, and new research reveals the potential for some new designs to lose roof cladding if houses aren't well maintained or have minor ... read more

Sep. 30, 2016 — The mass wood structure and façade has been completed for UBC's Brock Commons student residence -- the world's tallest wood building at 18 storeys (53 metres, about 174 feet) -- four ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — A new project has been launched to learn how to use a type of bridge pile often seen in offshore applications. The research could help reduce the cost of bridge building or replacement of aging ... read more

Civil Engineering Society Issues First-Ever Tsunami-Safe Building Standards

Sep. 28, 2016 — When the next huge tsunami strikes the western United States, people in and around some newly built coastal structures will be more safe thanks to new national construction standards -- the first ... read more

Sep. 28, 2016 — Scientists have measured the mechanics of tiny crystalline ceramics. Materials are made of atoms, and if they are arranged periodically, they are called crystalline structures. If the size of these ... read more

Lowering the Heat Makes New Materials Possible While Saving Energy

Sep. 26, 2016 — A low-temperature process has been developed that has opened a window on the ability to combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into new, useful compound ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — Scientists have developed a method of allowing materials, commonly used in aircraft and satellites, to self-heal cracks at temperatures well below freezing. The article is among the first to show ... read more

Structural, Regulatory and Human Error Were Factors in Washington Highway Bridge Collapse

Aug. 26, 2016 — When an important bridge collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington, in 2013, questions were raised about how such a catastrophic failure could occur. A new analysis by a team of civil ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — A new concrete has been developed to reduce the time needed for road works by more than half, report scientists. This innovation allows the creation of slim precast pavement slabs for quick ... read more

Aug. 9, 2016 — What does one need to strengthen or toughen concrete? A lot of nothing. Or something, say investigators in a new ... read more

Researchers Combine Simulation, Experiment for Nanoscale 3-D Printing

Aug. 6, 2016 — A research team has created a high-power simulation and design process to print free-standing 3-D structures on the nanoscale using focused electron beam induced deposition. The simulation-guided ... read more

Aug. 3, 2016 — Converting light from one wavelength to a shorter wavelength is typically inefficient. To tackle that inefficiency, a team built a structure with metallic cavities that improves the light conversion ... read more

Hybrid Perovskites: Super-Ion Building Blocks

July 30, 2016 — More efficient solar cells will likely be based on a family of materials known as hybrid perovskites. Scientists identified how to control different properties and stability in these solar cell ... read more

Modeling Sunlight Harvesting in Nanostructures

July 30, 2016 — To create the next generation of solar panels, scientists must model how complex interactions occur. Modeling across different scales provides needed insights. In a review article, scientists ... read more

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