Light Transmitting Concrete

Concrete can be considered a material with a very cold characteristic that can drastically influence the mood of the space it occupies. However, new developments with fiber optics brings a whole new dimension to concrete. Light-transmitting concrete is filled with optical fibers that run from one surface of the concrete to the other allowing the prefabricated concrete panels to transmit light.

Light transmitting concrete for architectural suystems
Light transmitting concrete paneling for architectural systems

The optical fibers can transmit light to over 50 feet with little loss in the natural color of the light as well as only occupying a fraction of the space in the block, the concrete doesn’t lose any density and keeps its structural capabilities. Because of its ability to transmit light through the panels or blocks it may also improve heat loss and cost as well as bringing natural lighting into a room without the use of windows. Its applications can only be limited to the imaginations of architects and designers.

Light transmitting concrete paneling for architectural systems
SURFACES
grinded, blasted, brushed, scorched, satined, factory-impregnated
PROCESSING
grinding, drilling, polishing, sawing, blasting
CONCRETE TYPE
high performance concrete UHFB / SCC
FIBERS
max. 300.000 fibers/m² possible
FIBERS Ø
0,25 – 0,60 mm
COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH
> 100 N/mm², C100/115
BENDING TENSILE STRENGTH
> 10 N/mm²
APPARENT DENSITY
2.300 – 2.400 kg/m³
GRANULATION
0,50 – 2,0 mm
CAPILLARY WATER ABSORPTION
water proof (class XC4 acc. to SN EN 206-1)
HIGH FREEZE-THAW RESISTANCE
high freeze-thaw resistance (class FX4 acc. to SN EN 206-1)
HIGH CHLORIDE RESISTANCE
high chloride resistance (class XD3 acc. to SN EN 206-1)
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