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Floating and translucent concrete

We have translucent concrete and floating concrete so the blend of these two would create something new and different. We can float this concrete on water and the refraction of water might have some attractive result.

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    Sep 17 2013: As an architect, this sounds really intriguing and would surely open a wide range of new fields of application. Good luck on the research!
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    Sep 10 2013: It's fantastic. we can use it to build some water gardens on the rivers and make our city more beautiful ~! we can also build some temporary translucent houses on the rivers in some areas for travellers to stay. :)
    • Sep 17 2013: Yeah! It will give new direction for construction in water
  • Sep 8 2013: to judge the feasibility of this a person would need to know the specifics of the materials nad the parameters of the project. it is an interesting idea though.
  • Sep 7 2013: Need to explain this idea more. Why concrete? wouldn't we get the same affect using glass, plastic, etc.?
    • Sep 7 2013: What you said is Absolutely right, we have lot of materials. But in translucent concrete optical fibres is used and the internal reflection by them is a result to be observed. Concrete gives stability ,strength and in this case we are trying to float it too, so new type of bridges can be built. Partially it might be used as a decorating object or something like that. We have buildings being constructed using translucent concrete, why not use both as in translucent and floating in swampy area or water to end up with something attractive?
      • Sep 7 2013: Also how do we make translucent concrete - by definition concrete needs cement which is based on lime? Most of the use of optical fiber in cement has been on casting of a counter with fiber for light and decoration not for strength
        • Sep 8 2013: There is already translucent concrete existing.. And huge buildings constructed with it, taking into consideration that all translucent concrete are made of optical fibres strength is something we should be looking forward as a challenge for my idea. To be frank I'm just a student planning on this idea so my first step will be on studying all these properties in detail and thinking of the suitable materials... So what do you think will it work?
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        Sep 10 2013: There is no 'just' in being a student, because if you do right, you will always be one ... :o)

        I think your idea will work as I do not see anything why it shouldn't.

        As for this, your material in practical use, especially within maritime environments, it may serve useful to also implement some sort of 'biofilm' protection (biofouling), to avoid algae, mussels and other maritime lifeforms to settle across the implemented fiber optics, as those could reduce or even prevent the flow of light across the structure.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofouling

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomimetic_Antifouling_Coatings

        Copper or silver particles have proved useful as biocide agents, which could be incorporated within the concrete surface below the waterline. Yet about long-term abrasive behavior and pricing I have no valid information.