Visit Us Contact Us. Transparent concrete Photo: Litracon. Concrete use has stood the test of time and is a multibillion dollar industry that provides millions of jobs throughout the world. Despite its versatility and popularity, the aesthetic reputation of concrete leaves much to be desired. However, in a small town in southern Hungary, a young architect is challenging these negative perceptions.
A Brief History And Future Use of Translucent Concrete
Seeing Through Concrete
Concrete has been used since Roman times, but its basic components have remained the same. Three ingredients make up the dry mix: coarse aggregate, consisting of larger pieces of material like stones or gravel; fine aggregate, made up of smaller particles such as sand; and cement, a very fine powder material that binds the mix together when water is added . Modern concrete is most often reinforced with steel, a practice that was developed in the s . The simple formula for concrete, however, lends itself to endless modifications. By simply adjusting the ratio of ingredients, engineers can change the strength and texture of the material . Bigger aggregates lead to rougher concrete and vice versa.
Translucent Concrete: An Emerging Material
It works on the property of Nano-Optics. It was first mentioned in a Canadian Patent in the year As polymer based optical fibres and optical glass fibres were developed, it led to the increased rate of invention in this field. Portland cement is the most common type used in constructions. Hence it increases the strength and reduces porosity.