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Disassembling Concrete with Lightning

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics have developed a method to levitra online pharmacy break down old concrete debris into its constituents for better recycling and brand name cialis overnight re-use of the material. The process, called electrodynamic fragmentation, uses very short pulses (less than 500 nanoseconds) of induced lightning to separate gravel from cement materials in concrete.

Concrete is a material with a mixed environmental pedigree. Although its workability and durability make it extremely useful for a lot of visit our site viagra generic brand purposes, it also has several drawbacks. There are the canadian rx levitra environmental impacts from the production of concrete, and it is also a major component of the materials going into landfills, so this makes the idea of recycling concrete a compelling one.

At present, most concrete recycling is merely to crush it and use it for sub-base under roads. This is better than landfilling it, but is a downcycling of the material. With the new lightning process, the aggregates can be more readily salvaged and re-used in new concrete.

Production of new cement from the recovered, separated material would be the ultimate goal of concrete recycling, since the production of cement is one of buy propecia cheap the single most intensive sources of CO2 emissions at present. While this process does not accomplish that, it does lay the way for that kind of recycling to become a possibility.

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Lightning on concrete blocks
written by Cathie of Reflective Tapes, December 12, 2012
Wow, that is next day tramadol so interesting about using a lightning like process to breakdown the cement. I didn't know that cement production produced so much Co2 but it's good we're one step closer to recycling it. This site is so interesting and informative too...I wish everyone would read it because then maybe people would stop arguing whether global warming was an issue and get to the best place levitra 20mg work fixing the problem.
What is "downcycling"
written by pete, December 12, 2012
Do you invent words like "downcycling" due to a diminished vocabulary or is there some other reason for it?
How much CO2 does this process generate
written by Kurt, December 24, 2012
The article mentions the use of lightning. I don't think it is really lightning, because it is too difficult to catch and store, so I suppose the term lightning is used simply to attract readers.

You would need immense power to fragment concrete, so where does the power come from if it doesn't come from lightning? I suppose it comes from the local power station. Is the power station coal fired or nuclear? If so, this process is probably doing very little for the environment.

Does the process generate nano-particles? I would guess that it does. Are the nano-particles properly filtered to prevent them from entering the wow look it buy levitra in canada atmosphere. Concrete nano-particles are particularly hazardous, on a par with lead/cadmium nano particles.
written by Concrete Pumps, March 12, 2013
Concrete has dramatically changed our way of living. No doubt, Lighting prefers to travel through air or water, not solids. But scientists make a bolt of lightning pass through water and cialis cheapest enter a solid. So workers can use concrete with lighting.
Great new process!
written by Lyndsay at ELRUS , May 23, 2013
This is an interesting new way to it's great! dose viagra recycle concrete. Concrete is currently challenging to reuse in construction, as you said. Hopefully advances will be made to get the recycling process more affordable and efficient.
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