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Stronger and longer-lasting mortar developed at the University at Buffalo could give brick buildings and chimneys a stronger grip on life.

Brick-to-mortar bonds get up to 150 percent stronger if short carbon fibers are added to cement mortar to reduce drying shrinkage, said Deborah D.L. Chung, a UB mechanical and aerospace engineering professor and holder of the Niagara Mohawk Chair of Materials Research.

The findings by Chung and former UB doctoral candidate Mingguang Zhu are reported in the journal Cement and Concrete Research.

-- Mike Vogel

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