NASA Spinoff Database: Shock Absorbers Save Structures and Lives during Earthquakes

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 2015
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-215
Category: Public Safety
Origin: Shock absorbers protect umbilicals during launch

With NASA funding, North Tonawanda, New York-based Taylor Devices Inc. developed fluidic shock absorbers to safely remove the fuel and electrical connectors from the space shuttles during launch. The company is now employing the technology as seismic dampers to protect structures from earthquakes. To date, 550 buildings and bridges have the dampers, and not a single one has suffered damage in the wake of an earthquake.

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Page Number in Published book: 60
Manufacturer: Taylor Devices

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