Mich. university developing concrete upkeep solutions

04/22/2013 | Crain's Detroit Business (free registration)

A new technology for maintenance of concrete bridges, roof tiles and more through the application of a hybrid reinforcement technology has shown positive results, said Hwai-Chung Wu, Wayne State University associate professor and president of startup Reinforcement Innovations. Tests show that the concrete with this technology instead of steel reinforcements doesn't crack or speckle. "The upfront material cost is somewhat higher than steel, but the maintenance cost over time becomes less because the strength of the structure it creates will make maintenance much less frequent," Wu said.

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