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January 26, 2019
Australian University Develops Building Material That Could Prevent Building Collapse during Earthquakes
A group of scientists at the Centre for Built Infrastructure Research at University of Technology Sydney, say they’ve found the solution to guarding buildings against earthquakes.
The research was led by associate professor Behzad Fatahi and supported by Ruoshi Xu. Having gathered data over 10 years, they believe existing synthetic geotextiles used within building foundations would form the ultimate protection of buildings against gigantic earthquakes.
Researchers highlighted the fact that existing solutions are expensive, hence they are rarely used, prompting the team to find a more reasonable solution, even utilising a material like a plastic which is found in plastic chairs and tables. The material is extremely flexible and strong, able to carry 1000 kN/m load in their tiny thickness (the material comes in sheets).
Researchers say it is inexpensive and could save lives in earthquake prone regions.
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