Edition 23, 2011
A high-tech adhesive and glass fiber fabric are making homes safer

Seismic wallpaper

  • Life-saving fabric: the thin wallpaper made of special glass fibers stabilizes masonry and helps to delay – or even prevent – the collapse of entire blocks of houses, such as here in Adapazari, Turkey.
  • Project manager Michael Engel demonstrates the flexible and tear-resistant fabric, which is affixed to walls with a special adhesive much like wallpaper. There is great demand for protection systems of this type. More than 1.3 billion people worldwide live in earthquake zones.
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Life-saving fabric: the thin wallpaper made of special glass fibers stabilizes masonry and helps to delay – or even prevent – the collapse of entire blocks of houses, such as here in Adapazari, Turkey.

Earthquakes put lives in danger. The power of nature can turn entire cities into piles of rubble. When the earth shakes, the greatest risk for people is posed by falling masonry from ceilings and walls. Even a tiny weak spot in a structure can trigger a disastrous chain reaction that causes an entire building to collapse.

Making walls and ceiling more flexible
To ensure that masonry and walls remain stable despite seismic quakes, scientists at Bayer MaterialScience teamed up with industrial and academic partners to develop the earthquake protection system EQ-Top™. Combined with a special adhesive from Bayer, the glass fiber fabric makes masonry extremely stable and is as easy to install as wallpaper. It prevents apartment and office buildings from becoming deathtraps during earthquakes.

To discover what key advantages this patented protection measure offers as compared to other systems, read here:

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