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January 24, 2019
This Australian Invention Could Stop Buildings Collapsing during Earthquakes
Researchers at the Centre for Built Infrastructure Research at the University of Technology Sydney believe they may have discovered the solution to protecting buildings from earthquakes.
Led by associate professor Behzad Fatahi and supported by Ruoshi Xu, the team believe existing synthetic geotextiles used within building foundations may provide the protection buildings need against earthquakes.
Currently, solutions are expensive and subsequently rarely utilised, which is why the team used a material like a plastic, made up of polypropylene and polyester. The material is commonly found in plastic chairs and tables and is affordable as well as strong and flexible.
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