Review on bacterial concrete

Cracks in concrete are inevitable and are one of the inherent weaknesses of concrete. Water and other salts seep through these cracks, corrosion initiates, and thus reduces the life of concrete. Bacterial concrete is a material, which can successfully remediate cracks in concrete. This technique is highly desirable because the mineral precipitation induced as a result of bacterial activities is pollution free and natural. As the cell wall of bacteria is anionic, metal accumulation (calcite) on the surface of the wall is substantial, thus the entire cell becomes crystalline and they eventually plug the pores and cracks in concrete. This phenomenon is known as microbiologically induced calcite precipitation. Not only the cracks are healed it will also increase the strength and durability of concrete.

Author: 
Jacob V. James
Journal Name: 
Int J Inf Res Rev
Volume No: 
04
Issue No: 
04
Year: 
2017
Paper Number: 
1918
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