Self-Healing Concrete

Concrete that can repair its own cracks using plastic ligaments and embedded bacteria...
11 September 2013
Presented by Matt Burnett


Humber Bridge, a suspension bridge in Yourkshre, finished in 1981


Inspired by biological systems that can self-repair, Diane Gardner is working on polymer 'ligaments', micro capsules of regenerative fluid and even embedded bacteria that can help concrete to repair itself when it cracks. The technology has the potential to dramatically increase the lifespan of concrete instillations, reducing their carbon footprint and maintenance costs.


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