Everyone would love to have the comfort of being able to have the right temperature in their home, no matter what season they are in. For this, heating systems have been created, however, these systems require very high energy consumption.
But what if there was a material that performed this function without affecting the environment? Self-healing concrete and thermochromic cement seem to be the solution to this problem, which affects the electricity consumption of thousands of homes around the world.
What is a thermochromic cement?
It is a coating that has the ability to change color depending on the outside temperature level. The color darkens if the temperature is low, the reverse happens when the temperature rises.
The changes affect the facade and of course it affects a change inside the room.
What is self-healing concrete?
It is a material that has been recently developed, which repairs itself if affected by cracks inside. Indeed, it has microcapsules which can be reconstituted in the event of rupture, the repaired openings being able to measure up to 150 micrometers wide.
The creator of this material is a man named Nima Rahbar, who said the following in a statement released by Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“If from the first time small cracks are created, they start to be repaired, these could not become a major problem. This way, the hardware will not need to be repaired or even replaced. It seems hard to believe, but it represents an excellent solution to many problems that arise in the field of construction”.
This material can mark a revolution in the industry dedicated to construction, since there will be a before and an after if this material begins to be used, it is a way of building without having a greater impact on the planet. Meanwhile, researchers are studying this type of product and at the moment they claim that it would be possible to increase their lifespan up to five times.
Another important factor is that only 24 hours are needed to carry out the self-repair process, being faster than other similar materials, the speed of these problems is important in large works, because the rapid repair of new cracks leaves room for a longer functional life when it comes to high quality structures.
The team developing this material estimates that with its use, buildings with an average lifespan of 20 years could be extended to around 80 years. The pending thing is to see if the cost of its manufacture, allows to produce it and distribute it at home, if possible, it would be a material that would quickly spread to different countries of the world. It is therefore expected to find this new material on the market soon, which will help new constructions and, above all, the planet.