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Smart Construction Materials: Graphene Concrete

Candy Lebby
by Candy Lebby on June 27, 2018

When it comes to building materials, Graphene concrete is right up there as one of the most exciting! This semi-metal has huge potential, and the ability to open up new markets in multiple industries. Heralded as a innovative construction material, graphene is relatively new considering its impressive list of positives and uses. Made from transparent sheets of honeycomb patterned carbon, this material is the strongest, lightest, best-heat and electrically conducting material that's ever been discovered.

What makes it so special is its atomic thickness. This condition is what enables it to break so many amazing records in terms of electricity and heat conduction and strength. 

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"There are many industries in which graphene could create a significant impact."

We like the sound of that. We also love that this remarkably strange material is one which has come in to bulldoze the equilibrium, leaving many industries open to innovation and remarkable change. 

There are many industries in which graphene could create a significant impact.

Rather than being a shiny fad or worse still, a one trick pony, this material is truly special for its incredible properties.

And yes, you’ll be happy to know that one of those industries is construction.

The potential for graphene to be applied in the construction industry is phenomenal! 

It all started when scientists at Exeter University developed an inventive technique that uses nano-engineering technology to integrate graphene in concrete production. The new material produced from this composite is four times more resistant and twice as strong as existing concrete. 

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"The potential for graphene to be applied in the construction industry is phenomenal!" 

One of the best things about graphene laced concrete is its sustainable and environmentally friendly nature. You see, this material reduces the carbon footprint of conventional concrete which means, yes, a smiling planet!

Researchers are already talking about the ways that this new concrete could be scaled up to meet the needs of modern production -and all at a pretty low cost. The new technique could also pave the way for other nano-materials to be integrated into concrete to enhance performance. 

Graphene concrete is fascinating stuff and can be uniquely suitable for construction in areas which require much-needed maintenance work and are difficult to be accessed.

Another eco-friendly element of the graphene mix is that up to 50% less cement is needed to make concrete which leads to a considerable reduction of 446kg/tonne of the carbon emissions. 

"The creation of graphene concrete is a great example of how greener ways to build are emerging in construction"

The importance of materials such as graphene and the creation of concrete is one innovation that's really spearheading innovation in terms of construction materials.

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As the construction industry continues to modernise, and new creative materials are incorporated into building projects, we hope it won't be long before graphene concrete is used on lots of large-scale projects. 

The creation of graphene concrete is a great example of how greener ways to build are emerging in construction. This is all very exciting and important and is a crucial step towards a more sustainable construction industry for the future. 

"This semi-metal has huge potential"

Here at Bobtrade we love talking about sustainable materials and the ways construction can be a more eco-friendly industry. If you're interested in learning more about sustainable materials in construction, you can read our articles on Self-healing Concrete, Living walls and Bioactive Concrete, and Foam Glass Gravel.  

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Candy Lebby

Candy Lebby

Content Writer Executive at Bobtrade , relishes in learning about the innovative technology in the construction industry , mama to my beautiful 4 year old, Benjamin, blogger and video games enthusiast.!