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Affordable, Adaptable and Self-Centering Anti-Seismic Device for Safeguarding Structures.

Project description

Airbags to protect buildings during an earthquake

Catastrophic earthquakes cannot be prevented. For earthquake-prone areas across Europe, protection is key. Since most earthquake-related deaths are caused by the collapse of buildings and other structures, proper building engineering practices can make a huge difference. In this context, the EU funded DampSpring project will pave the way with a novel friction pendulum damper composed of a system of springs and airbags able to better absorb both horizontal and vertical seismic induced movements. This allows the building to return to its original position at the end of the seismic action. DampSpring can be adapted to any building type or be retrofitted to existing structures without the need for any major alteration. It’s also less expensive than current anti-seismic solutions.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Via Corsica 14 11
16128 Genova

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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 50 000,00