23 Feb Graphenano and the UCAM (Catholic University of Murcia) demonstrate graphene efficiency added to concrete
A material that improves the mechanical performance of constructions in terms of strength. This is the conclusion we can reach after the demonstrations of Graphene application to concrete made today morning at UCAM. The Catholic University together with the company Graphenano Smart Materials, have shown the usefulness of the so-called “material from the future” by many after some tests where its efficacy has been appreciated.
The first of these tests consisted on putting a very high pressure to make the concrete break resulting in a better performance to resistance of the concrete with added Graphene than the one without.
The second test consisted on absorption of water, resulting again in a better performance the one with added Graphene, showing that it was waterproof. The last test consisted on a flexotraction with same results, the concrete with added graphene was the most resistant one.
The director of the UCAM Architecture and Engineering Studies, Juan Roldán, has stated that as conclusion of these tests they can assure that “the most immediate application is that on pillars, concrete screens, roads and dams, elements in need of a longer durability, this additive will decrease the use of cements, which will help the environment and will modify the procedures of construction with concrete material” All this will help to reduce the emissions, the fight every research group is in” annotated the Professor.
Roldán added that the application of this material “it is a way to fight against the collapse of a building, it is not about trying it not to get deformed, but allowing it to deform and get back to its previous form”. Moreover, the architect stated that “our aim is to keep using graphene with suitable mixtures to increase the resistance to concrete traction in order to decrease the use of shields and control their pollution process”
The president and Ceo of Graphenano, Martín Martínez, attended the ceremony and emphasized that “this additive, developed together with the UCAM university,is being introduced to the construction field and it is going to be a revolution in this sector as it has been in the electronic and battery one”. José Antonio Martínez, Graphenano vice-president, also attended the ceremony.
For her part, the vicechancellor of the Research Department of the Catholic University, Estrella Núñez, assured that “the projects we are carrying out with some companies are being backed with our student’s collaboration, and this patent was developed as the Studies Final Project at our Polytechnic School”.
It has to be mentioned that these researches come out from the agreement signed between the UCAM and the company Graphenano Smart Materials.
Samuel Mendoza, ICTs and Multimedia Director and some professors from the Architecture Studies, Building Engineering and Civil Engineering also attended the ceremony.