Daniel Prohasky is an Innovation Fellow at Swinburne’s Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, an architectural engineer and roboticist.
With entrepreneur Warren Rudd, Mr Prohasky is co-founder of Curvecrete, a spin-out on a mission to commercialise sustainable and waste free concrete production and complex concrete curve forming technologies.Curvecrete was conceived when Mr Prohasky, Mr Rudd and University of Melbourne researcher Paul Loh participated in the University of Melbourne’s Translating Research at Melbourne program.It was recently a finalist in the NGV Design Challenge during Melbourne Design Week.Mr Prohasky and his team are working on tandem innovations to produce zero waste sustainable concrete forms for construction.
The first is the utilisation of sustainable no-waste concrete, a geopolymer cement made from fly-ash, produced by coal-fired power stations.“Australia currently wastes 6.8 million tonnes of fly ash each year, yet it’s a viable cement replacement. Curvecrete geopolymer cement produces eighty per cent less emissions than standard Portland cement, with no need to use calcine limestone, removing 55 per cent of emissions created in cement production,” explains Mr Prohasky.
The second is to create sustainable curved concrete forms and constructions that reduce the need for wasteful formwork. Prohasky and his team are using a robotic mechanical mould technology to create curved concrete panels for construction in geopolymer cement.“Curved concrete can create incredibly efficient mass-reduced structures, and our reusable mechanical formwork eliminates all the formwork waste typically associated with traditional methods of casting concrete,” says Mr Prohasky.