A bio-inspired hydraulic passive actuator for stabilizing buildings in natural disasters with a force-displacement curve with maximum forces of 100kN. The device is fully passive so it does not require the use of external power and can be tuned quickly in order to adjust for structural changes.
Primary Application Area: Water, Waste, Environmental
Technology Development Status: Prototype
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Value Proposition: Structural damage caused by natural disasters can be catastophic and new and improved mechanisms for combating this potential damage are always going to be in demand. Seismic control devices are currently used in structures around the world but innovation in the field has been limited. UC Santa Barbara researchers have taken inspiration from bio-organisms to develop a passive hydraulic actuator with unique advantages over similar passive actuators. The design allows for maximum forces of 100kN, which means it can withstand high winds and earthquakes. It also does not need external power, making it a sound choice for those concerned with any additional energy load on a structure, and it can be quickly tuned to adjust for changes during an extreme weather event.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 630
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