Earthquakes have always been a cause of fear and grief all over the world and Japan has first hand experience over the ages on how to adopt itself to such challenges. Komatsu Seiten Fabric Laboratory developed an innovative thermoplastic carbon fibre composite called CABKOMA strand rod. Based out of Japan this development was a breakthrough not only for buildings needing earthquake protection but also for the construction management industry. This strand rod is an efficient seismic reinforcement material used in Komatsu Seiten’s head office exterior that protects it from earthquakes. What it does is create an interlocking webbing system and transfer earthquake forces directly to the ground to prevent vibrations in buildings.
The strand rods comprise of carbon fibre core and outer layer of inorganic fiber which is infused by thermoplastic resin. After the material undergoes hardening, this also reforms the material by heating.
One of the biggest construction management related advantages of CABKOMA strand rods - they are lightweight and easily transportable. A 160m length of strand rod weighs 12 kg.
Other benefits include – high tensile strength, corrosion resistance, excellent durability, low dimensional change with temperature and less weight. What else can a construction manager ask for?
Earthquake resistant structures cannot be implemented in buildings that has been constructed without considering seismic forces. This is where innovative solutions like CABKOMA strand rods prove to be an efficient and innovative solution.
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