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Why Not Recycled Concrete?

nwelding • Date: February 9, 2016

From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It’s a question that a team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame is examining.

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Momentum Builds for Creation of “Moon Villages”

nwelding • Date: January 6, 2016

Lunar base made with 3D printing, courtesy of ESA/Foster + Partners

Villages on the moon, constructed through cooperation between astronauts and robotic systems on the lunar surface, could become a reality as early as 2030. That’s the consensus of a recent international conference of scientists, engineers and industry experts, including Clive Neal, a University of Notre Dame planetary geologist.

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Research Could Pave the Way for Recycled Concrete in Buildings

staff • Date: December 15, 2015

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are finding that recycled concrete possesses the quality and consistency necessary for safe use as an aggregate in structural concrete. The research could pave the way for using recycled concrete in buildings, making available a material that is expected to become much more plentiful in the coming decades as aging infrastructure throughout the United States is demolished and replaced.

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