Materials World February 2020
Materials are the foundation of the built world, integral to the ongoing development of larger and more versatile structures and communities, as well as, in the broader sense, finding ways to produce products with better and more specialised performance.
In this construction issue, we take a look at changing trends around the properties and applications of re-rolled steel. With China being a key market for high-strength rebar, as well as being vulnerable to infrequent yet devastating earthquakes, better understanding of the material’s behaviour during seismic activity could have a strong impact on global manufacturing choices. We assess the options for steelmakers wanting to gain an advantage through the adoption of integrated production methods. Read more on page 26.
Also, we find out if blending Portland cement with supplementary materials could help lower the carbon intensity of concrete, speak to an industry panel on the role of plastics in construction, find out about a new type of protective wallboard that resists condensation, ask why the UK’s insulation industry is returning to traditional materials, find out how nanomaterials are supporting conservation of structural heritage, and hear the latest on research and development in wood science and timber products.
We hope you enjoy all of these, plus the regular items.
Ceri Jones, Editor