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Professor Li discusses bendable concrete with CNN

CNN recently published a news article titled, “America's infrastructure: Beams disintegrating under bridges.”| Short Read

According to the article, America’s infrastructure is in critical need of repair, but federal government spending on the issue has gone down 9 percent in the past decade.

“Beyond funding, there is another issue: how to make the bridges better. Researchers at the University of Michigan believe they may have a fix: bendable concrete that can heal itself from cracks. Demonstration in the university’s engineer lab shows regular concrete can fail quickly and suddenly. Professor Victor Li, who developed the technology over the past 10 years, said the bendable concrete can withstand a force hundreds of times more powerful than standard concrete. The researchers’ hope is that it could help already crumbling bridges, like the Memorial Bridge near the nation’s capital,” the CNN article states.

To learn more, please visit cnn.com.

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