Carbon Concrete – the construction industry’s step into an innovative world
At the beginning of February, a unique project is taking shape at the concrete plant Betonwerk Oschatz GmbH: The CUBE – a carbon concrete house.
The world’s first building made of carbon concrete is the lighthouse project of the C³ – Carbon Concrete Composite. The CUBE bundles the results that have been intensively investigated in this research network since 2014 and is equipped with carbon reinforcing bars from thyssenkrupp Carbon Components. As the objective is to validate the new carbon concrete construction, all construction components consist of carbon concrete. Thanks to its flexibility and durability, carbon concrete is a resource-saving alternative to steel-reinforced concrete. In addition to a material saving of 50%, it additionally allows a large number of design options, which are characterized by lightness and free formability.
Dr Jens Werner: “Our C4R reinforcement bars are an extremely interesting product and have great future potential. We are looking forward to the development in the area of carbon-reinforced concrete, in particular the construction of the CUBE with our reinforcing bars made of carbon.”
About C³ – Carbon Concrete Composite: The interdisciplinary project is one of ten funded projects in the programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research “Twenty20 – Partnership for Innovation” of the “Companies in the Region” initiative. thyssenkrupp Carbon Components has been part of the C³ network since the beginning and is decisively involved in research and development on the subject of carbon concrete. The C³ project is developing a new composite material made of carbon fibres and high-performance concrete with over 160 partners from research, companies and associations. The Technical University of Dresden is responsible for managing the project.