California engineers use old tires for construction safety

02/14/2008 | Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.), The

As demolition begins at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., engineers are testing a new way to protect existing structures: discarded tires. Officials hope to cover the roof of a baggage-screening room with 30,000 old tires to absorb any impact from falling construction debris. "The results [of a test] were very good -- no cracks, no nothing," according to Ayman Mosallam, director of the Structural Engineering Testing Hall at University of California, Irvine.

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