Category Archives: Structural Engineering

We’ve all heard of nanobots and nanotechnology, and the many advantages they’re providing in both the medical and technology sectors, but nanostructured concrete? A team of scientists at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) has created a building process that utilizes nanostructured concrete. “The concrete is capable of increasing the load-carrying capability by more […]

A recent article at Engineering.com covers one of the newer, more creative trends in structural engineering. According to the article, “A group of Clarkson University mathematicians and a civil engineer have developed a passive and non-invasive approach to “listen” to a collection of relevant signals from bridges and other mechanical structures to diagnose changes or […]

If the recent 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Italy doesn’t have you thinking about the security and structural integrity of your business or building, it certainly should. Like tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding, we’re rarely able to predict when and if an earthquake will strike, but there are things you can do to protect your livelihood and […]

Architecture is often associated with practical design and functionality, but each and every building is a work of art in its own special way. Even the most creatively designed structures are built for a reason, but up until recently, it had more to do with a designer’s whim, then an actual economically-based purpose. But thanks […]

Have you heard of SAC or self-adaptive composite? It’s a new material created by scientists at Rice University that has the potential to heal itself if damaged — You read that correctly, a non-biological material is capable of fixing itself.   By combining multiple polymers and a solvent that evaporates, miniature, sticky spheres work together […]

Tired of being stuck inside due to the freezing temperatures, ice and snow? It’s easy to get cabin fever this time of year, but there are things you can do to keep you busy while you’re out in the cold. Here are three simple DIY projects that you can work until spring.   Winter Storage. Winter […]

If you’ve been following the news at all lately, then you’re aware of the immigration crisis currently taking place in the E.U. Germany is doing everything it can to provide adequate housing for thousands of migrants before the coldest part of the winter hits. Here’s a look at their unusual plan that just might work. […]

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a fun holiday tradition for many Americans, but did you ever wonder how those magnificent balloons go from concept to reality? How exactly does a team take a sketch of Kermit the Frog or Garfield and turn it into a gigantic floating creation? Here’s a quick overview.   […]

Fiber reinforced concrete slabs have been around for a while, but they are just starting to get popular. While the old fashioned way of mixing and pouring concrete around rebar sounds like a logical solution to building structures, it isn’t very efficient when it comes to saving time or money. It isn’t just savings that […]