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AI Flexes Flax into Circular Bridges

In Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sustainability, Tech With Purpose News by Scott

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AI Flexes Flax into circular Bridges

While that is probably my favourite headline of the year so far, what is more applaud-worthy is the actual news story.

As part of a construction exhibition an international team led by the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, have found a way to combine AI, optic fibres, bio-resin and flax to create a unique construction worthy of awards in Circular Economy circles.

The bridge consists of over 100 AI-monitored sensors that constantly monitor the bridge’s performance under stress and wind vibration. Instead of using carbon-intensive materials like steel and concrete, this bridge’s base materials are 100% natural flax fibres and resins.

In the first version of the bridge, only 25% of the material comes from non-fossil fuel based bio-resins, but the makers are aiming to increase this to 60%.

Even more impressive, the incremental percentage of bio-resin will come from inclusion of recycled material from plastic bottles and waste products from bio-diesel.

But this is just he beginning. When the bridge reaches the end of its life, the designers have already figured out how the bridge will be disposed of – through a variety of mechanical and chemical processes, but also using Nature’s own recycler, fungi.

#circulareconomy #climatetech #ai #construction #greenconstruction

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