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November 29, 2012

UW researchers test concrete that fixes itself

  • UW professor Amy Shen began thinking about self-healing concrete after oil industry officials contacted her following the 2010 BP oil spill.
  • By LUCY BODILLY
    Special to the Journal

    Photo courtesy of the UW [enlarge]
    UW professor Amy Shen, center, is testing additives that could improve concrete’s self-healing properties. Assisting her are students Joseph Muska, left, and Yuen Cheng.

    Concrete as a building material is thousands of years old, but researchers are still working on ways to improve it. Of special interest is finding a method to improve concrete's self-healing properties.


     
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