High strength, high ductility concrete will make for a much more resilient constructing material which would be able to withstand the power of earthquakes and extreme loading much better than the concrete that is widely used today. The super concrete developed at the University of Michigan in collaboration with the US Army has a compressive strength of 160 MPa (about 2-3 times that of high strength concrete) together with a tensile ductility of over 3% (over 300 times that of high strength concrete).
About the Professor
Victor Li is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include design, processing and characterization of smart fiber reinforced cementitious composites, for protective and sustainable built environments. His group, the Advanced Civil Engineering-Materials Research Lab, engages in interdisciplinary research linking industrial ecology and structural health monitoring with bio-inspired materials designed to enhance harmony between the built and the natural environment.