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Road Ruiners

Try this fun experiment at home to see how freeze-thaw erosion can damage buildings, roads, bridges and all the things civil engineers work hard to build and keep safe!

Road Ruiners

Content type: Home activity

Last updated: 29 April 2022

Author/s: ICE

When civil engineers are building structures one of the things they consider heavily is how long they expect it to last! Lots of things – like the weather for example – can affect how longs buildings last and one big enemy of civil engineers is something called freeze-thaw weathering.

This experiment shows the affect that freeze-thaw weathering can have on buildings.