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Engineers Use Recycled Car Tires to Produce Fire-Resistant Concrete


Most people perceive concrete as a solid, nearly indestructible material. Although it supports buildings and bridges across the world, concrete has its weaknesses. Most prominently, it is prone to fire-induced explosive spalling, a phenomenon that occurs when concrete is exposed to the high temperatures of a fire. As temperature rises, pressure builds behind the exposed concrete surface, which weakens the structural elements in the material and causes the concrete to explode.

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