The designer of a real-life hover board thinks it has a way to lift a building during an earthquake
The California-based Arx Pax has come out with a claim that it will provide a Hendo Hoverboard in $500,000, which would effectively elevate a building above the ground during a tremor supple electromagnetic field. Its integrating software will not only protect against earthquake but also during floods and sea-level rise.
The company has grown a system to join the U.S. Geological Surveyâ€™s ShakeAlert system, which is pronounced to be able to sense an earthquakeâ€™s seismic waves several seconds before the jerk begins with the companyâ€™s magnetic-field architecture (MFA) and its three-part building substructure system. Buildings using the three-part foundation can float on a buffer, such as a fluid, gas or liquefiable solid, to greatly reduce the forces from natural disasters and essentially keep a building and everything inside it in place, according to the company.
â€œThe integration means that in an earthquake, a building with an Arx Pax foundation and a ShakeAlert system complement could automatically â€˜de-coupleâ€™ itself from a belligerent for a generation of a tremor. It needs one second [of warning] to active hover systemâ€, said Arx Pax CEO Greg Henderson. Henderson said that a complement could be practical to an existent building if a substructure is significantly retrofitted.
But he clarified that it would be preferable to embody it in all-new construction. He further said no one has integrated Arx Paxâ€™s complement in buildings of any kind. There are currently anti-shaking technologies, known as â€œbase isolationâ€ systems that are designed to dramatically delay a buildingâ€™s movement in an earthquake. But Henderson argued that those systems are expensive and donâ€™t stop the shaking. His method, by contrast, is designed to keep everything accurately in place for about the same cost as base isolation.
For those in seismic zones, such a technology sounds too good to be true. And since no one has yet incorporated it into a building, itâ€™s hard to say for sure if it would work. But in a release, Arx Pax quoted University of California at Berkeley Seismological Laboratoryâ€™s external relations officer Jennifer Strauss as saying that Arx Paxâ€™s technology, â€œcombined with the ShakeAlert early-warning system, will allow the state-of-the-art seismic protection and vibration control for buildings, operating rooms, highly calibrated instruments, and much more. This technology may sound like a leap but watchful scientists seem hopeful.â€
By Sanjay K Bissoyi