Posts By: Bergen Mobile Concrete

Scientists are Working to Develop Carbon Neutral Concrete

Concrete might form the bedrock of modern urban construction, but its impact on the environment is raising concerns among climate researchers. Recent estimates suggest that Portland cement, the essential binding ingredient in concrete, accounts for roughly seven percent of global carbon emissions. That could change soon, however, thanks to a multinational effort to drastically reduce… Read more »

In India, Waste Plastic Could Begin Replacing Sand in Concrete

India’s urban populations are growing at an unprecedented rate, and construction crews are having trouble keeping up with the demand for structural concrete due to a nationwide sand shortage. Meanwhile, the country’s lack of recycling infrastructure is allowing thousands of tons of waste plastic to pile up in city streets as well. But thanks to… Read more »

Engineer Develops New Sealant That Could Prevent Concrete Cracks

The nation’s concrete roadways receive a whole lot of wear and tear, particularly in regions that experience extreme changes in temperature during the summer and winter. These temperature fluctuations can cause paved concrete surfaces to expand and contract, resulting in cracks that require seasonal repairs and replacement. Thanks to the efforts of a mechanical engineering… Read more »

Things to Keep in Mind When Pouring Concrete in Extreme Heat

Although cold temperatures are typically a greater obstacle when working with concrete, hot summer days can present some unique challenges as well. To understand how extreme heat affects freshly-poured concrete, it’s important to first have a clear understanding of how the concrete-setting process works. Concrete sets via an exothermic reaction called hydration. When concrete hydrates,… Read more »

The US Army is 3D Printing Concrete Structures

Additive manufacturing processes—also known as 3D printing—are being used to make everything from medical devices to engine components, and now the U.S. Army is even using employing a similar technique to build concrete structures. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has devised a system that allows them to create lightweight concrete structures quickly with a… Read more »

Graphene Could Make Concrete Stronger, More Eco Friendly

Recent advances in nanoengineering have allowed scientists at the University of Exeter to develop an innovative new technique that incorporates graphene into conventional concrete production. The graphene-infused concrete is reportedly twice as strong and four times more water resistant than traditional concrete mixes. It also reduces the amount of materials needed to make concrete by… Read more »

How to Maximize the Lifespan of Your Concrete Driveway

Thanks to their exceptional durability, concrete driveways typically last years longer than driveways paved with asphalt. Concrete is also stronger than asphalt, which can be beneficial if you regularly park heavy vehicles or equipment in your driveway. That said, no paving material is completely impervious to the elements. Over time, excessive wear can cause concrete… Read more »

What Is Concrete Spalling and How Can You Prevent It This Winter?

Concrete driveways are known for being extremely durable and long-lasting, but they can still be damaged in extreme weather conditions. In the winter, when temperatures fall below freezing and snow accumulates on surfaces, concrete driveways can be more likely to experience environmental damage. One fairly common type of damage that can occur during the winter… Read more »