Materialism
An exploration of the past, present, and future of materials science and engineering.
9 months ago

Episode 11: The Ultimate Construction Material

how we are reinventing concrete with inspiration from ancient Rome

A great empire demands an equally great building material. In this episode, we cover the development and implementation of concrete throughout human history. We are joined by Marie Jackson, a research associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah, and an expert on Roman concrete. She explains how Romans were able to develop concrete and why Roman concrete is able to endure for thousands of years. Finally, we cover some new and exciting concrete technologies that are being developed.

If you want to learn even more, consider reading Marie's blog about making Roman concrete from minerals found the Surtsey volcano: https://surtsey50years.utah.edu/. Also consider reading her article on what makes Roman concrete so special: https://ceramics.org/ceramic-tech-today/what-can-ancient-roman-structures-tell-us-about-improving-durability-for-cementitious-materials-this-and-much-more-inside-june-july-2018-acers-bulletin

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