Inflatable Concrete Shelter

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  1. iGav macrumors G3

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    Incredible, practical concept... something that would be invaluable in Asia given the current Tsunami disaster situation.

    Link

    Thoughts?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Odd, the images didn't load for me at work. (Windows 95... I know, I know).

    But I read the text and found it intriguing. I was skeptical from the title of the thread, but sounds feasible, and practical. Quite interesting. But it says that it has a 15 year life span. After the tsunami relief effort (as you suggested), what do you do with the building? You can't deflate it now :rolleyes: so you have to make sure you put somewhere that is semipermanent, or you have to bulldoze it.

    I'm sure that there are a lot of uses for it.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg
     
  3. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    interresting... thought the 4 hour set time might make it inpracticle for immediate safety
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yeah, don't think it would have protected against the tsunami, but would aid the relief workers efforts.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I can't see the pics either - but the concept is an excellent one.
     
  6. Wyvernspirit macrumors 6502a

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    No pics either

    Sounds interesting though. Tried opening the site in both firefox and ie on a win2000 @ work.
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    no images here either with Camino

    but it is a very interesting concept, not for anything quick, but for a long term need of a small durable shelter this would be great
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Robust and durable in a plastic sack...


    OK, so my question's are...

    1. How big is this robust and durable building?

    2. How much does this plastic sack weigh??

    Only read the first page, and didn't download any specs.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg
     
  9. OutThere macrumors 603

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    It might be something that edesign, and the rest of the participants in the "Who is edesignuk really" thread might consider investing in for their homes. ;) :D
     
  10. emw macrumors G4

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    No pictures, and no PDF. There are, however, a few (much older) references to inflatable concrete. Perhaps not quite the same, but interesting how old the concept is.

    This guy apparently was working on an inflatable concrete system back in the 60's:

    http://www.binisystems.com/curriculum.html

    Here is a discussion about it from 2002 in regards to using it for building lunar bases, although this appears to be more of a use of an inflatable form, vs. a package with everything in it:

    http://www.space-rockets.com/moon1.html
     
  11. OutThere macrumors 603

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    If I were an astronaut, would I trust an inflatable base? Probably about as much as I trust inflatable furniture now. :eek:
     
  12. emw macrumors G4

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    The inflatable part is just the form - once the concrete cures, it's just like a regular structure.
     
  13. OutThere macrumors 603

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    So you can only hope that it inflates in the first place. :p
     

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