Earthquakes have by far been the most dangerous of all natural disasters. If they are on a low scale the destruction is up to a bare minimum but if they take place on a high scale the effects can be disastrous.
Not only the country’s infrastructure is destroyed but also a huge loss of life in terms of human resources is occurred. Various measures have been taken by respective governments to reduce the impact of earthquakes and a lot of research is being done on the same.
In accordance to this, a new method of protecting the buildings is being taken into consideration for protecting the infrastructure and saving it from the loss.
Earthquake prone zones in India
India is divided in to zone 5 of the seismic zones in India
North East Indian Region
Rann of Kutch
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The University Of British Columbia (UBC), Canada has in correspondence to this built a fiber reinforced earthquake resistant concrete which is called as Eco-friendly ductile concrete. The material will first test its real world application in a Vancouver elementary school. After this process it will soon be tested in a highly seismic zone in India in a school in Roorkee, Uttarakhand.
The material was in works close to around 20 years and research was being carried out since a long time.
The material is developed at the molecular stage and is developed to be very strong, ductile and malleable and which is somewhat similar to steel. It is capable of protecting the walls from the earthquake shocks when a thin coating is applied to it. It helps the concrete hold together keeping the walls in one place.
What advantages does the UCB have?
It is capable of protecting against the interior walls.
The UBC has tremendous benefits and life saving techniques which is a big plus point. With cutting edge technologies and with a great level of innovation the material is being developed which could have positive effects and be highly useful in saving lives.
What material is actually used?
The EDC uses polymer-based fibres, flyash and other industrial materials to make it highly resistant against the earthquake shocks.
This Research was funded by the Canada Research Center of Excellence which is hosted by UBC and also takes steps to promote research collaboration between Canada and India.