Translucent Concrete

By embedding parallel fibre-optic threads into fine concrete, the material is made translucent without any appreciable loss of compressive strength. Translucent concrete can be manufactured as blocks or panels providing that the fibres run transversely from face to face. If one face is illuminated, any shadow cast onto the bright side is clearly visible on the other face, whilst the colour of the transmitted light is unchanged. The material has many potential applications including walls, floor surfaces and illuminated pavements.

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