Rethinking seismic protection in areas of substandard construction

Charles McGlynn, C. Zhi

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Abstract

Earthquakes are destructive and unpredictable disasters which may cause extensive damage and mass casualties. There has been major investment into seismic resistant buildings, but much less into devices built to protect lives from substandard construction that is prevalent in the developing world. The Shaker Shield is the first technology of its kind designed primarily to protect the inhabitants of a structure rather than the structure itself. The shield is composed of laminated urethane fabric and is rapidly inflated using existing aircraft evacuation slide technology. Its computer designed arch has been optimized for strength and integrity and the base mat's rapid latch system provides additional support to resist compression and lateral deformation. The Shield is designed to be deployed over a mattress with the base mat on the floor underneath. It may also be used on the floor alone in open spaces, office buildings and high rises where people may need to seek protection from debris due to failure of curtain walls or glass facades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechConnect Briefs 2018 - Advanced Materials
EditorsMatthew Laudon, Fiona Case, Fiona Case, Bart Romanowicz
PublisherTechConnect
Pages216-219
Number of pages4
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780998878225
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event11th Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Held Jointly with the 20th Annual Nanotech Conference and Expo,the 2018 SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, and the Defense TechConnect DTC Spring Conference - Anaheim, United States
Duration: May 13 2018May 16 2018

Other

Other11th Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Held Jointly with the 20th Annual Nanotech Conference and Expo,the 2018 SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, and the Defense TechConnect DTC Spring Conference
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period5/13/185/16/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)

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