Civil engineers use steel, fiberglass and other similar materials to increase concrete's strength and toughness, but using those materials often requires costly construction techniques. Short-wire reinforced concrete should become a favorite technology since the process is compatible with standard construction processes and the steel used for the bone-shaped fibers is relatively cheap. Researchers at Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered that enlarging the ends of small fibers mixed into concrete substantially increases the material's overall strength and toughness.
Fact Sheet ID Number
Composite Materials & Technologies
fiber composite, construction, concrete strength, los alamos, construction material
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "Bone-shaped Short Fiber Composite" (2007). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 13.