Closing date: 15/06/2013
A builder in central Italy has designed a system of self-locking construction blocks. Compared to building with blocks in mortar, the system saves 50% or more in labour time and because of the interlocking connections, structures are more seismically resistant. Blocks contain thermal insulation and sealing elements, and can be made using sustainable materials (softwood plus mineralised Portland cement). The inventor seeks partners for technical cooperation, licensing or possibly other agreement.
The system involves a number of novel features, such as modular molds that can be easily and quickly assembled and dismantled; permanent modular formwork, designed in such a way to self-lock with the blocks using finger joint-type coupling. The self-locking construction is mortar-free. The joint sides of the blocks have anti-expansion, watertight sealing bands and the block interiors contain thermal insulation. The design system takes into account pillars and L, T or cross wall endings and openings for windows and doorways.
The inventor has applied for an Italian patent for the design, and is interested in finding partners for testing and further development (if necessary), production and commercialisation of the system.
The interlocking blocks can be assembled much more quickly (with considerable savings in time and labour costs) than traditional mortar-set blocks, and offer a higher degree of seismic resistance. The blocks can be manufactured using sustainable materials (softwood).
Partner expertise sought:
- Type of partner sought: manufacturer.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: production of construction materials.
- Task to be performed by the partner sought: put design into production (inventor will provide technical assistance if requested), scale up and commercialise.
Listed under: Building and Construction \ Materials
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