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Modern Materials: Bendable concrete, ‘knitted’ concrete shells and more

January 9, 2019

First conceptualized in the 1990s, Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC), or bendable concrete, is almost ready for market, according to researchers at Louisiana State University’s College of Engineering. After testing a range of sands, rubbers, fibers and more, they’ve struck a balance of “the right materials in the right proportions,” said Gabriel Arce, lead investigator on the project.

“Compared to typical concrete, our cost-effective ECC material has about 300 times more deformation capacity, more than two times the flexural strength and a higher compressive strength,” Arce said in a press release.

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