Tag: Materials

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Would you believe what wood can achieve?

University of Maryland researchers are turning trees into super-strong, nearly invisible, and definitely “cool” building materials.

New method developed to create super-hard metals

Researchers at Brown University have developed a pressure sintering method that compresses individual nanoclusters of crystals to form macro-scale chunks of super-hard solid metal.

Using reclaimed asphalt for pervious concrete pavement mixes

A new paper in the "Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering" explores using reclaimed asphalt pavement as a substitute to natural course aggregate in sustainable pervious concrete pavement mixes.

Membrane research promises less expensive desalination treatment

Exactly how water flows through membranes has previously not been well understood. That is now changing.

New material excels at removing copper from water

Researchers have developed a new material that shows great promise as a means of removing copper — which is linked to disease and organ failure — from contaminated water sources.

ASCE headquarters debuts a more sustainable parking lot

ASCE walks the walk by building a more sustainable parking lot.

Slideshow: ASCE project demonstrates green stormwater management techniques

ASCE completed a sustainable, low-impact development project at its Reston, Virginia, headquarters in December 2020. The project also demonstrates best management practices in stormwater control.

Smart windows utilize liquid solution to improve buildings’ energy efficiency

A water-based approach to designing windows promises impressive energy efficiencies in operations of buildings.

Exploring the properties of sea sand in sea sand–seawater concrete

With limited availability of freshwater globally, materials engineers have explored using sea sand and seawater in concrete production.

Slideshow: Presidential library design references ancient, contemporary African history

The sustainable design also includes photovoltaics, geothermal storage, and locally sourced materials — including the compressed earth to be used for the library’s facade.