Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:27 AM
Are_grits_groceries (15,637 posts)
Earthquake Wallpaper – for when Your World is Falling Down around You
Luckily, German researchers have recently developed what they are calling, “seismic” wallpaper. This specially reinforced paper boasts the ability to hold masonry walls together and keep them from breaking, falling or crumbling when subjected to an earthquake. That could certainly make you feel safer, am I right?
Scientists at the Bayer MaterialScience used special stiff, high-strength glass fibers and wove them together to form a strong and flexible wall covering. The material has these fibers running throughout the “fabric” in four different directions, this allows the energy created by an earthquake to distribute evenly and protect against damage.
The wallpaper is simply adhered to walls using a flexible, soft adhesive (called Dispercoll) made from water and a large amount of polyurethane beads. As the water evaporates, the special beads stick the paper to the walls. In essence producing a safety barrier between you, and a crumbling building.
The wallpaper has been tested in a replica house in an earthquake simulator, and because of this “paper” scientists were unable to cause the house to collapse at all. They also used a hydraulic press to crush a treated and untreated wall. The results were remarkable.Well over a billion people currently live in earthquake zones… There are a tremendous number of people that could be made safer, thanks to this new wallpaper.
This could really help!
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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:40 AM
goclark (30,404 posts)
1. Checking in from Los Angeles
Sounds good to me ~ they say we have a big Earthquake about every ten years.
Last big one that I remember was about 11 years ago.
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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:08 PM
Ecumenist (6,086 posts)
7. I lived in ...wait for it..COMPTON not the LA end down near Paramount, right over the free way it
and LONG beach and Carson weren't too far either. I was so used to feeling constant what I called, "Minis", felt like a big truck going down the street. Quakes don't frighten me. Tornados and hurricanes on the other hands, scare the crap out of me.