Scientists Discover Formula to Turn Cement into Metal

A team of scientists from Japan, Finland and Germany have discovered the formula to turn liquid cement into liquid metal. This makes cement a semi-conductor and opens up its use in the consumer electronics marketplace for thin films, protective coatings and computer chips.

Previously only metals have been able to transition to a metallic-glass form. Cement does this by a process called electron trapping, a phenomena only previously seen in ammonia solutions. Understanding how cement joined this exclusive club opens the possibility of turning other solid, normally insulating materials into room-temperature semiconductors.

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Thompson Pump’s Workshop is a Success

Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. Inc. held its 23rd annual Pumpology School, April 17-19, at its corporate facilities in Port Orange, Fla. The company hosted 55 attendees from 15 states and seven foreign countries. The three-day workshop included training sessions for sales and service-oriented professionals on pumping fundamentals, dewatering and bypass applications, selecting the correct pumping equipment, designing, installing and maintaining pumping systems, troubleshooting, pump maintenance and more.

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Cement Production, Consumption Slightly Increase in 2011

According to an advance release of the U.S. Geological Survey’s 2011 Minerals Yearbook, production of portland and masonry cement in the United States increased by 2.2 percent in 2011 to a total of 67.9 million metric tons (Mt). Monthly production was erratic overall, showing year-over-year gains of more than 10 percent in March, November and December, but declines or essentially stagnant outputs in the other months. While the 2011 output is welcomed as an improvement by the industry, it’s the third lowest since 1992 and was 31.4 Mt less than the record output in 2005.

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TXI Achieves Operational Status for New Kiln

Texas Industries Inc. announced that the second kiln at its Hunter cement plant, near New Braunfels, Texas, has achieved operational status. Following a successful commissioning process which began in November 2012, the 1.4-million-ton kiln line has realized its design performance capabilities and is producing efficiently.

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