Carbon concrete composite could revolutionise the construction industry by enabling resource-friendly, slender construction in the future.
Carbon concrete composite could revolutionise the construction industry by enabling resource-friendly, slender construction in the future.

TU Dresden university researchers have been awarded the President of Germany’s German Future Prize for their research into carbon concrete composite.

The Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation is reportedly one of the most important scientific prizes in Germany and was handed over by Germany's president Joachim Gauck.

Carbon concrete composite could revolutionise the construction industry by enabling resource-friendly, slender construction in the future. The composite is an economical and resource-friendly alternative to standard reinforced concrete: as carbon does not rust, carbon concrete composite structures have a much longer life expectancy. The maintenance required during this time is practically zero. Walls made from carbon concrete composite can be much thinner, and up to 80% of the concrete volume could be saved in this way in the future.

The first projects have already been realised successfully using carbon fibers supplied by Toho Tenax, the core company of the Teijin Group's carbon fibers business.

This story is reprinted from material from Toho Tenax, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.