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Transparent cement? Answered

I would love to inquire more information about transparent cement. I am doing this research and I would appreciate it if someone could help me to find articles related to this topic. I would also like to know if some students are able to apply this idea and how could they manage to make this material. I read about i-light cement, but I wonder how, if possible, could this be made. I would appreciate your help!

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JM1999
JM1999

7 years ago

Hello, I hope this answer helps.

I saw a documentary recently and they had cement that you could cast a shadow through.

They made it by putting glass fibers in with the premix and then they made the cement as normal, Google something like glass fibers in cement or cast a shadow through cement and you should find it.

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tgferreira184
tgferreira184

7 years ago

What do you want to use the cement for? Maybe you could make it out of acrylic, perspex, polycarbonate or some other transparent plastic.

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rickharris
rickharris

7 years ago

I saw a concrete block made to pass light by embedding fibre optic cable in the concrete. Unable to find the source now though.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

7 years ago

What do you mean ? "cement" covers a multitude of meanings: Balsa "cement" and polystyrene "cement" are both clear.

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HMN93
HMN93

Answer 7 years ago

By cement I mean the clinker, Portland cement used in concrete

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iceng
iceng

Answer 7 years ago

Too bad ..... StarrTrek has that transparent aluminum ;-)

Seems to me you want to use glass bricks between the cement

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

There's no sign I can see without a lot of digging that i-light is made with OPC.

And there are LOTS of different cements for concrete too, Magnesia bases, alumina based.

Portland cement is by its nature not transparent. A resin system might bond building elements though

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petercd
petercd

7 years ago

Heres the article in the daily mail.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-134...

So, basically the cement panel has slit like holes in it that let the light through, one could possibly achieve the same effect with strips of perspex laid in a similar pattern to that which they used.