Construction

Structures are designed to provide protection and serve intended purposes. Building codes assist designers in creating structures that withstand the stresses of the operational environment such as wind gusts, earthquakes, tides, vibration, and extreme temperatures (hot/cold).

From the architectural principle of “minimal design” anything above the desired performance is considered to be wasteful. Waste in design comes from the use of unneeded materials. This is manifested in the volume and weight that those materials occupy in the design of the structure. In buildings, too much concrete in the footers, too much steel in the structure, and windows that are too thick contribute to waste. High performance materials can allow new designs that meet challenging requirements while minimizing waste. SpecNano’s graphene enhanced concrete provides exceptional performance in key parameters such as tensile strength and flexibility.

SpecNano, through innovation, addresses weight, strength, cost, and availability to provide a selection of materials to compose future designs for buildings, bridges, vehicles, power grids, electronic components.

Discoveries:

2D Crystal nanomaterials can enable new designs by:

  1. Increasing strength
  2. Reducing manufacturing cost
  3. Reducing weight
  4. Reducing the material required to achieve performance capabilities
  5. Reducing permeability of concrete to liquids
  6. Increasing flexibility
  7. Increasing electrical conductivity
  8. Increasing insulation factors
  9. Increasing thermal conductivity to protect electronic components
  10. Increasing resistance to corrosion