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Rice probes ways to turn cement's weakness to strength

January 3, 2017

a screw dislocation disrupts the regular rows of atoms in tobermorite Rice University scientists show how cement particles can handle stress by gradually passing it from one layer to the next and turning weakness to strength. Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University Full Story

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