A strange new form of concrete can absorb tons of water that comes in contact with it in a jiffy.
Concrete is probably a boring thing to take into consideration by the ordinary bloke, but a novel version of this building material has certain properties that make it unique. It can suck up lots of water like a parched man dying of thirst in a desert.
Termed Topmix Permeable concrete, this surreal mixture has great affinity for water. The water that falls upon it in the form of rainfall or floods will be absorbed within minutes.
According to DailyMail, the “thirsty concrete” was tested by pouring 880 gallons of water on its surface. Strangely, the water seemed to disappear the moment it fell on the concrete. Within minutes not a single trace of the liquid could be found.
It was virtually a wondrous act of prestidigitation. This material is not only useful to prevent flooding but it could help reduce the chances of puddles. Cyclists and pedestrians will be safer once such a concrete starts being used in place of the ordinary hard and impermeable substance.
The structure of the concrete is such that there is a porous layer of the material on the surface. Beneath this lies a series of loose pebbles. And go even deeper and there is filler space that easily makes room for the extra water poured on the surface.
Furthermore, there are drainage systems in the rubble therefore the amount of water that the concrete can hold onto is virtually limitless. This special concrete was also an ideal way of preventing tarmac heating during summers.
The concrete acted like a vacant filter system and thus it could prove to be the end of all messiness due to spillage. Flash floods will be a thing of the past thanks to this new arrangement.
Also a cooling effect is noticeable during hot weather when the super concrete absorbs water. The water continues to evaporate time after time and thus the surrounding temperature gets automatically regulated.
The idea of permeable concrete has been around for at least two generations. But certain changes needed to be made in the intricate details of the concrete structure before it could be feasible in the real world.
It is especially utilized in car lots and driving areas. The drainage function it fulfills is a great source of stress erasure for man. However, there is one small downside to it. In very cold weather, it does not function and may even get damaged.