Leverkusen, Germany -- Recent tests have shown that a glass-fibre wallpaper, in conjunction with a special Bayer adhesive made from polyurethane, can prevent the collapse of building walls in the event of an earthquake.
This innovation could be a lifesaver for people living in earthquake areas, according to Bayer MaterialScience.
The thin wallpaper made of special glass fibres stabilises masonry and helps to delay - or even prevent - the collapse of entire blocks of houses in earthquake prone regions such as Turkey.
In this work, scientists at BMS teamed up with industrial and academic partners to develop the earthquake protection system EQ-Top.
The glass fibre fabric with PU adhesives makes masonry extremely stable and "is as easy to install as wallpaper," says BMS.
The patented method can prevent apartment and office buildings from becoming death-traps during earthquakes, the company says.