A device that may help to save lives by improving the stability of buildings and preventing structural damage during traumatic events such as earthquakes, has been developed and patented by Imperial College Innovations Limited.
Known as the Khonsar Connection, the device is a replaceable energy-dissipating structural component that is said to overcome the limited ability of conventional joints to protect walls and building frames from damage.
The device is fitted between beams and columns and acts as a sponge, soaking up the energy and protecting the structure of the building from damage.
After an earthquake or explosion, most buildings often require expensive building work or demolition. The Khonsar connection is a simple and cheap solution to the problem of collapsing buildings, following damage and provides a revolutionary approach in the field of sustainable building.
‘The Khonsar Connection has huge potential benefits in terms of increased confidence in the ability of buildings and structures to withstand events such as earthquakes and explosions, consequently saving both lives and property,’ said Susan Searle, Director of Science and Engineering at Imperial College Innovations.
Originally developed by visiting academic Dr Vahid Khonsari, within the Department of Civil Engineering at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, responsibility for commercialising the Khonsar Connection is being handled by Imperial College Innovations, who are currently looking for a partner to manufacture and sell the device.