German researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a new thin wallpaper based on glass fibers, that stabilizes walls and may protect from the devastating effect of an earthquake.
The wallpaper consists of a fine glass fiber fabric, designed to support walls and distribute the powerful lateral forces produced by earthquakes across their entire surfaces and therefore also protect them from collapsing.
Since the material covers the entire wall it also protects against falling debris, much like how a laminated windscreen in a modern car works. If the integrity of the wall gets compromised by forces greater then the material can handle, the eventual debris would be constrained and held back by the wallpaper glass fiber skin.
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