World’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge ready for installation


World’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge ready for installation

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a massive 3D printer capable of printing immense objects – and it’s currently creating the world’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge will be installed this month in the small Dutch town of Gemert, and it will be the first of its kind with an innovative printing technique that reduces waste.Technically, Madrid introduced the world’s first 3D-printed bridge earlier this year – but the Gemert bridge will be built using a special process that reinforces the concrete layers with steel cables as the concrete blocks are formed.Read More

Physicists at Lancaster University are developing methods of creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology.Renewable hydrogen can already be produced by photoelectrolysis where solar power is used to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen.But, in spite of significant research efforts over the past four decades, fundamental problems remain before this can be adopted commercially due to inefficiency and lack of cost-effectiveness.Dr Manus Hayne from the Department of Physics said: “For research to progress, innovation in both materials development and device design is clearly needed.”Read More

In an interview, Bhaskar Patil, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), delves into his research on plasma assisted nitrogen fixation and the wonders if it can work for the world.Insight into the research.Our current research focuses on developing an alternative energy driven (such as plasma) chemical production, where energy is selectively delivered to the reaction channels which yields higher energy efficiency.Read More

Growing urbanization is setting construction industry at pace, thereby giving rise to raw material industry such as construction chemicals market. In general construction chemical is one of the chemical compounds in specialty chemicals segment of the chemical industry,” according to a report by Future Market Insights.Construction chemicals are widely used in construction of residential, nonresidential as well as non-building infrastructural activities such as roads, highways and expressways. Read More