A collaborative effort between researchers at the Technical University of Dresden and German architecture firm Henn has created a building that is reinforced with carbon concrete. The building is called 'The Cube' and is the world's first structure made of carbon concrete.
This new type of concrete is equally as strong as concrete reinforced with steel, however, requires less material. Researchers have developed a carbon fiber yarn using a thermal decomposition process called pyrolysis. These carbon fiber yarns create a mesh that is rust-proof and light - unlike regular steel. Thus, creating a type of concrete that has is light and has a long lifespan. The design of the building was informed by the lightweight and flexible properties of carbon fiber. Researchers are currently exploring ways to create carbon fiber in a sustainable manner.
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