Concrete that heals itself

05 August 2011


There’s a concrete that heals itself, which was developed by Dutch biologist Dr. Henk Jonkers from Delft University - and we’ve got a sample in the Materials Library.

Here’s how it works: the material is comprised of a self-healing agent that can lie dormant for centuries. When a crack occurs in the concrete, the water which seeps through activates these agents to biologically produce limestone. The concrete thus heals in the same way our bones heal themselves. 


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