Fluid structure coupling: Device keeps structures steady in quakes

07/15/2013 | AL.com (Alabama)

Fluid structure coupling, a NASA technology originally designed to steady rockets, could now mitigate the effect of earthquakes on buildings, according to this article. Researchers developed a fluid stabilization device and tested it on the Dynamic Test Stand at Marshall Space Flight Center. The device "controls the interaction between the fluid and the structure," says Rob Berry, manager of the project at Marshall. "Not only could this technology be applied to existing structures that have problems ... it could change the way buildings and other structures are designed."

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