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Leeds Researchers To Earthquake-Proof Home with Auto-Released Nano-Polymers, Nanosensors

by Editor1 last modified April 20, 2007 - 13:39

Nanoresearchers at the University of Leeds plan to employ auto-released nano-polymers and nano-based sensors to make houses more earthquake resistant.

Leeds Researchers To Earthquake-Proof Home with Auto-Released Nano-Polymers, Nanosensors

Leeds NMi engineers collaborate on eatherquake-proofing home using nanomaterials, nanosensors

Leeds NanoManufacturing Institute (NMi) Chief Executive Prof. Terry Wilkins said the experimental home will have “self-healing” walls, which will embed nano-polymer particulates that liquefy under pressure, fill in cracks and then harden. The walls of the experimental earthquake-resistant house will be built from novel load-bearing steel frames and high-strength gypsum board. “What we’re trying to achieve here is very exciting; we’re looking to use polymers in much tougher situations than ever before on a larger scale,” Wilkens said.

Prof. Wilkins also plans to make “smart walls,” by embedding Leeds’ designed wireless/battery-less sensors and RF identity tags to collect data on stresses, vibrations, temperature, humidity and gas levels. “If there are any problems, the intelligent sensor network will alert residents straightaway so they have time to escape,” Wilkins added.

Prof. Wilkins group will partner with Leeds’ School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering and Leeds University “commercial spinout” company Instrumentel Ltd.

The project is led by German building manufacturer Knauf, and is due to be completed in December 2010.