Bay Bridge Corrosion Woes

The new Bay Bridge, which spans the distance from Oakland to San Francisco and first showed signs of corrosion in 2011, continues to develop problems. The bridge opened in 2013, and was designed with a 150-year service life in mind, but engineers are already concerned about its collapse. And with new information that was discovered…


Carbon Fiber Helps Pioneer a New Era in Airships

Ever since 1670, when the “Father of Aeronautics” Francesco Lana de Terzi first designed an “Aerial Ship”, mankind has dreamed of being able to ferry people and cargo across the skies. Real traction in the effort came in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, especially with Count von Zeppelin’s rigid airship designs that allowed for…


Ceiling Cracks: Causes and Remedies

Your home is your biggest investment. It’s probably your largest purchase, ever, and you want to keep it strong and safe for a really long time, right? So you’re probably already aware of that crack going through your living room ceiling…and wondering what to do about it. But before I give you a solution (and…


Prevent Mining Disasters with Carbon Fiber

Mining is one of the most dangerous occupations there is. Every year, hundreds of miners die in accidents from collapses, explosions, and fires. The good news is that mining accidents and the deaths associated with them have declined drastically in the past 40 years, and even more so in the past 100+ years. The bad…


Gas Pipeline Explosions a Result of Aged Pipes

Gas Pipeline explosions in the United States have occurred at an alarming rate, especially in the past 10 years. Every other day, a gas leak destroys property, injures several people, and sometimes kills others. The decade’s most catastrophic explosions have claimed more than 135 lives, injuring 600 others and racking up a $2 billion bill from damages. The main…


Robot Fights Bridge Corrosion

Bridges are an essential part of transportation infrastructure everywhere. But as they age, bridges have a tendency to corrode from de-icing salts, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and water seeping in through tiny cracks. While this corrosion is very dangerous, and can lead to a bridge’s collapse, the damage is often only visible at a…


Nacimiento Pipeline Shutdowns Limit Water Distribution to California Communities

The Nacimiento Water Project, touted as “the saving grace to many local communities’ dwindling water supplies” is a $176 million project designed to increase water supplies for 5 communities within San Louis Obispo County in California. The project includes a 45-mile water pipeline that carries water from Nacimiento Lake to Atascadero, Cayucos, Paso Robles, San…


National Preparedness Checklist

September is National Preparedness Month, which is convenient considering the extreme weather disasters that we’ve been struck with this summer. FEMA, NWS, and NOAA have compiled a handy checklist to help you and your family prepare for extreme weather. We can’t outsmart Mother Nature, but we can be aware of what she’s doing and prepared…


More Hurricanes Means More Destruction

Less than a week after Hurricane Norbet took its toll on Baja California and the Southwest United States, Hurricane Odile has swept through the same area, causing major damage and flooding for many parts of Mexico.  And now, it’s on its way to the same area that was drenched in record-setting floodwaters just last week.  And…


Bridges Built with Carbon Fiber

HJ3 has been strengthening corroded bridges with carbon fiber for a while now, and the results have been impressive. Throughout the years, carbon fiber has really proven itself to be an innovative rehabilitation material, but we never seem to hear about bridges that are actually constructed with carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP). But why? It…


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