By: Franyi Sarmiento, Ph.D., Inspenet, August 8, 2022
Scientists at the National University of Río Cuarto in Argentina have devised a cement capable of conducting electricity with good efficiency. Contains charcoal obtained from peanut shell and bamboo cane waste.
The versatility of this material allows the cement to be heated by the passage of electric current through the carbon. Thus, it acquires multi-functions that promise to transform not only the construction industry but also the energy industry.
Cement could become the heating system for buildings and houses, thus preventing runways and roads from freezing. When subjected to a compressive force, it becomes an intelligent sensor, which could provide strategic information in real time about the weight of cargo transports circulating on the roads, quantify the flow of vehicles or, in the field of construction, detect structural micro-fractures in buildings or moisture leaks. Generating a new conductive compound with additional performance, without compromising the durability of the structures themselves.
Laboratory tests carried out at the National University of Río Cuarto are yielding successful results.
This material from the portals Argentina Investiga / Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto / NCYT Amazings was edited for clarity, style and length.
Sources: Argentina Investiga / Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto / NCYT Amazings: https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/44766/cemento-conductor-de-electricidad-para-usar-en-energia-y-construccion
Photo: Argentina Investiga / National University of Rio Cuarto