Angamaly: Students at the FISAT Engineering College here have developed concrete blocks which allow light to pass through – a potential substitute for windows in houses in conflict zones and sensitive buildings. These blocks were showcased at a project exhibition organized by the Civil Engineering department of FISAT.
The optic fiber used in the concrete blocks allows light to pass while keeping the room sealed otherwise, claim the students. A one-foot block costs only less than Rs 60. Students M. Gayatri, R. Deepika, Elsa Francis and Anna Rose Viju, who were the brains behind the translucent concrete, added the blocks have long life and helps to reduce heat.
The group developed translucent concrete after six months of research under the guidance of professor Anila C. George. The exhibition displayed over 32 projects that are nature-friendly and introduced new possibilities in construction industry.
Among the projects on show were models to ensure smooth flow of traffic by making minor changes in the traffic system, building models that limit damage from the intensity of earthquakes, enhanced hydroponic farming using sewage water, making concrete at low cost using rubble from buildings were other notable ideas developed by students.