Scientists from the University of Colorado have created a unique invention that can help the buildings of the future to regenerate itself after any mechanical or natural damage. In addition, “living concrete” teeming with photosynthetic bacteria, in many respects will behave as a living organism, according to news portal sciencealert.com. Will the new development to appear in mass-marketing? Let’s try to speculate about it in this article.
The material capable of self-repair in case of damage
Create materialthat is able to heal itself in the event of any damage, a long time remained a dream for builders and architects wishing at the same time to simplify and cheapen the process of construction of buildings. The result of experiments of scientists from the United States the mixture can radically change the process of construction of complex structures due to the presence in its composition of sand, gelatin and cyanobacteria, capable of photosynthesis.
In the verification experiment of the obtained structure, the scientists cut unique substance on the part, suggesting further growth and regeneration. When the experience ended with success, the researchers came to the conclusion that the mechanism of self-Assembly of the same damaged material is worked in average three times, and then needed to restore the substance of the cyanobacteria died, at the same time changing the color of the material. So, initially green tint of the concrete is gradually painted in the usual grey, but with the right conditions, it gradually regained its original characteristics.
For the first time about the unique properties of “living concrete” was mentioned in the year 2019, when the publisher of the magazine the New York Times reported on new technology of construction of buildings on the basis of a specially developed hydrogel. A unique design provides comfortable conditions for habitation within substances of the microorganisms which, in turn, produce necessary for the future strength of the material is calcium carbonate.