Durability through Chemisty
New and exciting materials are entering the market almost daily. Making high strength composites of concrete and space age materials will enhance durability and longevity that we haven’t seen since the Roman Empire.
One of the leading causes of concrete failure is minute cracks that let moisture in to the concrete such that steel reinforcing bars corrode. It is not a pretty site. On the left is an advance case of salt water corrosion and on the right is the short list of things that impact UHMWPE fibers.
- Methyl chloride
- Benzene sulfuric acid; moderate
- Flourine; moderate
On the right side is a steel reinforced structure where the list of things that seriously damage it starts with water, salt, and just gets longer from there.