23 Nov '14, 11pm

{hack the hearthquake} Stanford Team Successfully Test Earthquake-resistant House | Inhabitat

California residential buildings are generally safe for occupants in the event of an earthquake, but quakes do a lot of costly damage to the properties, such as damage to cabinetry, windows and cladding. To build their quake-resistant home, the team borrowed the notion of a “unibody” from the auto industry, with each part of the test house being important to its structural integrity. Thicker drywall sheets are glued rather than screwed to the framework, for example. The engineers then placed the test house on 12 steel and plastic sliders instead of a fixed foundation. The sliders rest in turn on either galvanized steel plates or dishes and the house slides from side to side during a tremor, in a process known as “seismic isolation.” The flat plate design is easier to make, but the dish design means the isolator pegs gravitate to the lowest part of the dish once the seismic...

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