Japanese scientists have created carbon fibre strands which could protect buildings from earthquake damage by strengthening their exteriors.
The team at Komatsu Seiten Fabric Laboratory have created a new composite called CABKOMA Strand Rod. The material has been used on the exterior its head office.
The carbon fibre strands have high tensile strength with a “delicate but strong structural body” according to its inventors
Architect Kengo Kuma was the first to use this reinforcement material with his design of Komatsu Seiren’s head office.