New material helps strengthen older buildings against quakes

01/8/2013 | Mashable

A "glass fiber plastic fabric material" developed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany could reinforce old buildings to make them resistant to earthquake damage. The material can be applied to external stone or brick walls and is expected to provide a cost-efficient and effective method to retrofit older buildings, said Moritz Urban, the product's co-developer. "Thanks to the reinforcement, collapsing of walls due to earthquakes can be delayed and, in the ideal case, be avoided completely," Urban added.

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