A new type of concrete that is made out of waste materials and can bend under load has been developed and patented by Swinburne researchers Dr Behzad Nematollahi and Professor Jay Sanjayan.

This material incorporates industrial waste products such as fly ash – a by-product of coal-fired power stations. It is especially suited for construction in earthquake zones where the brittle nature of conventional concrete often leads to disastrous building collapses.“Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world,” says ARC DECRA Fellow at Swinburne’s Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Digital Construction, Dr Nematollahi.