Over a month after the earthquake and tsunami tore through Japan, the focus is on building temporary shelters for the displaced. The temporary structures must be able to withstand the aftershocks that have ravaged the country since the big earthquake. Fortunately, new products made of magnesium and magnesium alloy have made the homes and even the construction process to build them a much more success endeavor.
Rebuilding after a disaster requires materials that survivors can trust. It must be able to withstand new threats, without placing any undo financial hardships on the homeowners. One solution is Magboard. It is an ICC tested material that can withstand hurricane force winds and earthquake vibrations. Makers of Magboard boast holding up to winds issuing 360 lbs. per sq. ft. of force. The board is also fire and termite resistant. It is mold proof and also an energy saver.
But where does the magnesium come in? Magboard is comprised of two magnesium oxide sheaths enclosing a layer of polystyrene foam. The Magboard comes in thicknesses as slim as four and a half inches and thicker than a foot. It is the all-purpose structural material, used to construct the roof, floor and walls. The material was rolled out in Jamaica recently as an affordable building material that can withstand the hurricanes that frequent the nation. Soon, it will be the rebuilding material ensuring survivor safety around the world.
The Japanese have already begun the task of inspecting and rebuilding the structures that were compromised by the earthquake. In homes where the pipe work is no longer viable, magnesium reinforced steel is being used. The new pipe is resistant to the severe earthquake vibrations due the dampening qualities of the magnesium alloy reinforcement. The pipe also withstands corrosion to have a longer life. Tokyo in particular has attached a detection system to find leaks in the future before they become a post disaster problem.
Magnesium in the Field
For the workers on the ground during and after the disaster need equipment that can stand up in the wet, hectic and dusty conditions. Magnesium alloy is the answer. The casings of tools, equipment and now tougher field computers can be found on the ground. The magnesium alloy housing of the new Dell Latitude Bullet-proof is the latest example. The Bullet-proof is water resistant and can withstand high winds, dust storms, and earthquakes. The magnesium alloy housing protects the interior components in the worst conditions. The laptop is being marketed as as a “tough and rugged” Dell.
The recent disaster in Japan has brought the need for newer, tougher structural materials and equipment. These items are necessary in order to get the rebuilding process underway and also help to ensure that future disasters leave a much less destruction behind. Magnesium is there to help with these building processes.