Want Safer Buildings? Use 'Smart' Bricks

Originally Posted By: gromicko
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(August 20, 2004) – Researchers at the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have invented a “smart” brick, which is equipped with sensors and other electronic components designed to make structures safer. The sensors track temperature, vibration, and movement, employing wireless technology to deliver the data to a remote computer.


"We are living with more and more smart electronics all around us, but we still live and work in fairly dumb buildings," remarks Chang Liu, a researcher with university.

Networks comprised of multiple bricks could monitor a building's structural stability during a fire, earthquake, or other disaster as well identify walls in need of repair. Before the smart bricks make it into residential and commercial buildings, researchers want to compress the components onto a single chip adhered to flexible plastic to achieve versatility and resilience.

Source: Christian Science Monitor (08/19/04); Borchardt, John K.


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Originally Posted By: rwashington
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Smart foundations would be the real jackpot invention for those of us living in the expansive clay south!!!



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Originally Posted By: jpeck
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A true “smart brick” would know when to grab hold of its neighboring brick tighter when it is needed. Not just tell us to clear the lot after the bricks fell down. icon_biggrin.gif



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Originally Posted By: dedwards
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Guess we all have to lose the expression “Dumb as a brick” now.


Originally Posted By: gluck
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I try to never live inside a structure whose walls are smarter than I am.



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