From reinforced concrete to carbon reinforced concrete - this was the motto of Karl and Gustav from the 7th grade of the Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium (MANOS) Dresden during their scientific project week at the Institute of Concrete Structures, Institute of Building Materials and the Institute of Textile Machinery at the Technische Universität Dresden. The students were eager to learn the basics of concrete production and, of course, mixed and processed concrete themselves. By means of experimental beam tests, they were able to vividly learn about the function of reinforcement in concrete. Afterwards, they worked out the advantages of non-metallic reinforcement and marveled at the large machines that produce carbon reinforcement. Finally, there was a tour of the CUBE - the first building to use exclusively non-metallic reinforcement - on the TUD campus. At the end, the findings of this eventful week were presented to classmates in a lecture. It all worked out so wonderfully - that in the end the presentation of "our" students was even chosen as the best presentation. A great pleasure for the students and also for us at the IMB.
Many thanks to Josiane Giese, Tobias Neef, Michaela Reichardt and Danny Friese for these exciting insights!