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News bulletin 21 -> 1 Jun 2021

A bridge designed to be 3D-printed and minimise the use of concrete has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and will be exhibited during the Biennale Architettura in Venice this year. Known as Striatus, the bridge stands solely through compression without reinforcement, with the use of technology to revive traditional master builder’s techniques (pictured).

Institute Bronze Member SMEC Australia is looking for structural engineers to work closely with its specialist teams in the Sydney office. The company says this is due to continued growth and successful delivery of current and future major transport infrastructure projects.

A construction company in the UK says it has laid the world’s first graphene-enhanced concrete slab engineered for sustainability in a commercial setting. The product used is known as Concretene in which the graphene acts as a mechanical support and as a catalyst surface for the initial hydration reaction leading to better bonding at microscopic scale, improved strength, durability and corrosion resistance.

Prefabricated concrete beams and columns from the Paviljoen building at Eindhoven University of Technology in Netherlands will be reused after demolition as part of a study. Researchers are looking at improving disassembly of buildings and reuse and optimising the design process of new buildings with reuse in mind.

Professor Paul Fennell of Imperial College London’s Department of Chemical Engineering has released a new paper considering the most effective ways to decarbonise the cement industry. Another use for cement is mentioned in an article by researchers working on storing energy in a 20-storey concrete building, like a giant battery.

Researchers at Montana State University have found that plastic treated with bacteria could be added to concrete in significant quantities without compromising its strength. The study has been published in the journal Materials.