Collaboration between North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland has produced a new technology that can detect and respond to damage in concrete structures with far greater speed. 

The solution is an electrically conductive coat of paint which can easily be applied to new or existing structures. As the paint can incorporate any number of conductive materials, such as copper, this “sensing skin” is relatively inexpensive. “The sensing skin could be used for a wide range of structures,…