Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) scientists have invented a new type of concrete called ConFlexPave that is bendable yet stronger and longer lasting than regular concrete – which is heavy, brittle and breaks under tension. “The key breakthrough was understanding how the components of the bendable concrete interact with one another mechanically on a microscopic level”, said Asst Prof Yang En-Hua from NTU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering who leads this research.
Developed at the NTU-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre (I³C), the invention allows the creation of slim precast pavement slabs for quick installation, which could halve the time needed for road works and new pavements. It is also more sustainable and durable, requiring less maintenance. ConFlexPave has been successfully tested as tablet-sized slabs at NTU laboratories, and will be scaled up for further testing over the next three years in partnership with JTC at suitable locations within JTC’s industrial estates.
For more information visit NTU website.