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Plastics in construction: A vision of the future

from By Adolfo Benedito

From April 30: Plastics and their technology are youthful. We must remember the short history of plastic materials — which began in the late 19th century and grew throughout the 20th century — in relation to the wide experience of materials traditionally used in construction (metals, granite, ceramic and cellulosic). Initially, plastic materials were not considered as structural elements that were able to bear sustained loads. Undoubtedly, the characteristics of plastics were not the same as the ones of traditional cement or steel used for construction. But the evolution of plastics through 20th century has been dizzying and unstoppable. Plastics have even been used for windfall market niches, an aspect that was unthinkable a century ago. more

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