Honolulu, Hawaii

​A Brighter Future: Optical Fibers in Concrete February 10, 2016

Honolulu, Oahu
​A Brighter Future: Optical Fibers in Concrete, Honolulu, Hawaii

As a Honolulu area concrete and excavation contractor, the dedicated experts at Rugged Slopes Hawaii are committed to providing the absolute best in masonry and related work to home and business owners throughout Oahu. True leaders in the field, this concrete contractor not only comes to every job with a wealth of experience, but is also always interested in the latest developments in the field. One such advancement is primed to take the industry by storm. Through the installation of special optical fibers in concrete, the possibility now exists to create sturdy structures and walkways that actually glow.

So how does it all work and what can this technology do? Let’s take a look:

  • concreteEmbedded Fibers: This technology is powered by optical fibers between 2 µm and 2 mm in thickness, which are embedded into the concrete. These fibers are so efficient that they basically lose no light as it’s conducted through them, and they’re so powerful that colors can be seen through the materials themselves.
  • Translucency: What makes this technology so exciting is that it’s able to create translucency in the concrete itself, allowing it to literally "glow." This is done either through the incorporation of polymers or glass into the whole or, more painstakingly, the combination of ultra-fine aggregates of concrete with individual optical fibers.
  • New Means Of Production: This is a very new technology, so advancements continue to be made in terms of production. At the moment, the process is slow and there are very few companies that specialize in it. Furthermore, pre-fabricated boxes need to be put together and it cannot, as yet, be poured. Still, with noted successes — including a Stockholm sidewalk that lights up — there’s sure to be continued development.

Rest assured that the moment this exciting development is widely available, Rugged Slopes Hawaii will be on top of it. To learn more about what this locally owned and operated contracting company can do for you, check them out online or simply call (808) 722-4918.

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