ConFlexPave is a New Material from Nanyang Technological University

By: Joey Haar - Aug 18, 2016
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ConFlexPave is a brand new building material that trumps traditional concrete in every way. While concrete is an incredibly strong material when it comes to compression, it has a very low tolerance for flexion -- in other words, it is a strong but brittle material that cracks easily if twisted. ConFlexPave is not only stronger that traditional concrete, but it is infused with polymer microfibers that allow it to bend and flex when twisted, eliminating the brittleness that plagues its older kin.

Typically, people don't think of things made of concrete as being subjected to much twisting. Buildings and sidewalks, for example, seem quite still to the average person. However, flex-resistance is important for building materials. If a tall building sways even a few inches due to wind or seismic activity, for example, it puts tremendous pressure on the structure. ConFlexPave could potentially create safer, stronger buildings.