By Sun Kim
Posting in Technology
Developed by Hungarian architect Aron Losonczi, LiTraCon is the world's first commercially available transparent concrete.
Developed by Hungarian architect Aron Losonczi, LiTraCon (Light Transmitting Concrete) is the world’s first commercially available transparent concrete. The translucent material is created by combining concrete and thousands of optical fiber strands that act like aggregate. The optical fibers form a matrix between the two main surfaces of concrete block, connecting and directing light between the two block faces.
The fibers are oriented in a parallel pattern which produces a brighter side and a darker side of the block. The darker side reveals dramatic shadows and silhouettes. Making up just 4% of the total volume of the block, the optic fibers give the material a striated texture. The product is handmade, resulting in a unique pattern of light in each piece.
Since the optical fibers don't suffer loss of light, the LiTraCon blocks can theoretically transmit light up to a thickness of 65 feet. The blocks of thicker dimensions could be used in load bearing structures since the glass fibers do not negatively affect the compressive strength of concrete.
The material has been used in projects around the world including the Museum Cella Septichora in Hungary, the Hungarian Embassy in Paris, and the Iberville Parish Veterans Memorial in Louisiana.
Oct 24, 2011
Another fantastic invention by a Hungarian please no more negative comments
there will be a hundred and one uses for this concrete product, and by the way there is nothing unhealthy about this product, look at the bright side of see through concrete
Transparent implies that light can pass through in any direction. Fibre-optic cable is not classed as transparent, its classed as photo-conductive. Cement is the binder in an aggregate used for building, we call that concrete to distinguish large particles from small particles, so it cant be called cement. It cant be called concrete either, as it isnt a particulate, its a fibre and has more in common with sheets of insulation or perhaps MDF. Whatever you want to call it, its not new. Just an expensive fancy concrete designed to make money for those who have finally commercialised it - so its unlikely to be a world-changer.
regardless of the definition, its still very neat from an architectural engineering perspective. Thank you for sharing Sun
I expect that the stuff is very pricey and thus you won't find it in parking garages, but you will find it in commercial & high end housing projects. It adds an interesting option. But then, so do using glass bottles. I expect that the strength is a minor factor--allowing the architect ignore load-bearing vs non-load-bearing walls (which is good primarily because architects are taught as artists first, engineering so that things actually work isn't there 'thing.') Now all you have to do is use some permeable concrete in places you'd like a breeze to come through...
This is a great invention . We have to know the costing of this great invention of concrete...as in cement, sand composition? I guess we need a glue to bond them well since i cannot see reinforcement. Please show more how its going to be done.
And since they are handmade, creative people could make their own, starting an entire new business! How slick is that!
As far as I know, in the Insitituto Politecnico Nacional (Polichtecnic National Insitute), some students get it 2 years ago.
It appears to be lovely and fascinating. If used in a load bearing structure, would it not need rebar, we would see the rebar through the material. Would the rebar need to be put in as if constructing a work of art? Can these be made into units like CMU, put together with mortar? So far, all the examples appear to be non-bearing screens. Also, it seems to have many joints in a small area .I am having difficulty understanding how it is used for load bearing walls while maintaining the aesthetics.
"Ethel! Put some clothes on!" I think this would make more sense and lessen the voyeuristic tendency of this material if the gave the fiber-optics a little bit of a twist so that they all don't line up to display a perfect silhouette of your daughter taking a shower!
Plastic with dirt init, why didn't I think of that, The only problem is that it would burn unlike concrete, but it is stronger, to strong, you couldn't jack hammer that concrete, it would have the same propertys as poly ethalene but cheaper to make.
Nothing says you half to use it, but in the thick of things if it brings in more light and you have to use less electricity that,s always a plus not to mention something that is pretty or nice to look at is always good also. As far as what happens if a earthquake hit or any disaster or any sort no kind of dust is good but nothing says this product can't be in proved upon. One thing that would be nice to happen is have it be affordable by the people and not just contractors and such. Signed Just an Opinion
He was not the first one, and it was over 20 years ago. Look up ADTI and the patents and you will see it. We actually built some stuff to demonstrate it. And further more, Disney built some stuff like this more than 20 years ago also. this is just a recycling of the same old idea. Please, get the facts right.
It is transparent - not translucent. But it's a 'transparent negative halftone'. The image that you see is not a translucent image - it's actual - but it's only a percentage of the field.
Transparent would allow you to clearly see what is on the other side, like glass does.This substance is translucent , like frosted glass. It allows light, but diffuses it. In any case, it still is not transparent cement, it cement with embedded fibers that transmit light. It is no more transparent than a brick house is that happens to have lots of windows. The fibers are distinct to themselves. I see this as being useful in jail cells and other secure buildings. A jail could let in light yet not provide a weak point of entry. Likewise a secure building gets to reduce its power output by allowing passive light to enter w/o the risks involved with having glass which is far more fragile.
I wonder just how safe this would be if say a earthquake or god forbid a Bomb were to cause it to shatter and one were to breath the dust.Concrete Bad, Glass worse .??
Gene Rodenberry you???ve done it again. Well almost, Star Trek had transparent aluminum, I wonder???
While this will add to the aesthetic value of buildings, will the cost be within the reach of the people?
While appreciating the spirit behind the innovation,I wonder what is the cost involved against the benefits? I saw in the picture transparent objects. I am afraid it may not be suitable in the REST ROOM! :D.. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Actually, considering how it's fiber-optic fibers, it would be very easy to strengthen it with rebar without any real affect to the 'transparency'. Fiber optical strands can bend, and the bending does not cause a loss in what they can 'carry' through them. So as long as there were enough fibers from side to side, the rebar could be inserted, bending a few. As long as each fiber's 'endpoint' on either side was properly 'aligned' the light would show through just as easily and freely without a 'line' of rebar showing through also.
OR you could simply refuse to use restrooms and showers with this stuff in it. Stick to conventional concrete ya know.
My friend (no, I am not a politician) Colloquialisms are ok--especially when we spell them correctly. Your word 'half' as used above is "wack" out of sink. Half means one half or 50% of something. You were doubtless looking for 'have' -- as in 'have to'. The rest of your missive was entertaining once I got past the structure of your contractions. Sorry to intrude, Have a nice day Mr. Bookkeeper ;)
I would direct your focus back to the first sentence of the article. It clearly says, "...first COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE...." A patent shows proof that it can be done, and private contractors building "samples" and individual projects do NOT constitute "commercially available" products. The facts are in order, after all!
It is transparent, because it uses glass conduit, no matter how miniscule. Optical fibers don't impede light, therefore at least some parts of the substrate are transparent.
No, it is not "transparent cement" (or any other kind of cement. Read the title of the article, then go look up "transparent" and "concrete". "transparent" can mean "transmits light without scattering" (as pointed out by mybunkaccount). "Concrete" is a mixture including cement. It is no stretch at all to call this stuff "transparent concrete".
I hope your name isn't indicative of a technological bent, because if it is, you need to find a different name... The "glass" they mention in this is not "glass" in the common idea of "glass" as in the type of "glass" you find in a soda-pop bottle...not big-chunks of glass, but instead super tiny fibers of glass strands as thin as a human hair! More like Fiberglass than actual glass...like the kind of stuff that the internet runs on.
Are you people really suggesting that you can't imagine anyone actually using this? Of course people will use it! If nothing else, it would make parking garages less spooky and safer. But this will be a nice thing to put on the pallette of an imaginative architect. Light is beautiful, and beauty is important.
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It's just a matter of design. I had a friend with a glass blocks bathroom....It was great. Curtains stores also are handy
Can add some cost efficiency to lighting and another option for improving green homes. More sun light; less electicity.
I think we can do business. I work in Nigeria as Head of Communication for a construction company. I really want to know the cost.
Sync is the krrect spelling. @LaughingDog: The point goes to you. I, too, heard about this material decades ago, but never heard about anyone ever selling it.