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A new technique promises to put wasted glass to good use, by turning it into concrete that can be used in industrial flooring and for building roads and car parks.
Researchers in Australia turned glass that would have gone to waste back into sand to be used in polymer concrete.
Polymer - Concrete - Type - Concrete - Polymers
Polymer concrete is a type of concrete that uses polymers, typically resins, to replace lime-type cement as a binder.
Polymer concrete is a high strength, water-resistant material suited to areas with heavy traffic such as service stations and airports.
Lecturer - Dr - Riyadh - Al-Ameri - Deakin
Lecturer Dr Riyadh Al-Ameri, from the Deakin School of Engineering, Victoria, said the invention was also 'a potential substitute' for regular sand in concrete.
'This research provides the evidence the construction industry needs to see the potential of glass as a substitute for sand when making polymer concrete and, potentially, concrete.'
Construction - Industry - Cent - GDP - World
'Worldwide, the construction industry represents six per cent of global GDP, according to the World Economic Forum.
'Concrete is a major construction material and sand is one of its primary components, so finding an alternative to sand makes good economic sense.
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