Researchers from RMIT University have developed an eco-friendly zero-cement concrete, which all but eliminates corrosion. Concrete corrosion and fatbergs plague sewage systems around the world, leading to costly and disruptive maintenance. But now RMIT engineers have developed concrete that can withstand the corrosive acidic environment found in sewage pipes, while greatly reducing residual lime that … Continue reading RMIT researchers develop cement-free concrete that beats corrosion and fatbergs
Two University of Southern Queensland (USQ) researchers, whose work is said to have the potential to revolutionise manufacturing, have been awarded a total of $480,000 in Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship funding to help drive their research into materials innovations. Queensland’s Innovation Minister Kate Jones awarded nanotechnology researcher Dr Leila Javazmi $180,000 towards her work … Continue reading Funding boost awarded to building materials researchers
A new type of concrete made out of waste materials that can bend under load has been developed and patented by researchers at Swinburne. “Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world,” Dr Behzad Nematollahi said. “In fact, it is the second-most consumed material by human beings after water. Its quality has … Continue reading Bendable concrete developed at Swinburne
As part of the Metro Tunnel project, the Victorian government has constructed an $18 million purpose-built factory to produce concrete segments to line the walls of the tunnel. The segment manufacturing facility can produce roughly 150 curved segments each day, at a rate of one every seven minutes. The plant employs 70 people, many of … Continue reading Metro building drives Victorian manufacturing
Queensland engineering firm Fibercon has developed a technology that enables it to use recycled polypropylene plastic for reinforcing concrete instead of the traditional steel. Developed in conjunction with researchers from Queensland’s James Cook University, the technology has been used by Fibercon to recycle over 50 tons of plastic waste, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions, water usage and fossil … Continue reading Qld engineering company uses recycled plastic to reinforce concrete
The AMWU is concerned that a Launceston company has been overlooked by Aurora Energy to provide concrete power poles.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced it will not opposed the acquisition of Boral’s NSW masonry business by Austral Masonry.