earthquake-proof homes

Bridgestone Develops New and Improved Series of Seismic Isolation Bearings

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is set to launch its ST series of low-friction elastic sliding bearings, which help to reduce the effects of earthquakes by slowing the shaking of buildings. The series is fit for use in a wide variety of applications, ranging from low-rise buildings to skyscrapers. Elastic sliding bearings are primarily composed of a multilayered rubber component and a...

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Sumitomo Riko Sees Strong Demand for Viscoelastic Rubber in Damping Applications

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is looking to expand its sales of TRC Damper, a seismic control system for wooden houses. The company markets this as providing safety, security and comfort by protecting houses from the vibrations caused by earthquakes. TRC Damper incorporates Sumitomo Riko’s special viscoelastic rubber, which serves to absorb the energy of earthquakes and turn it into...

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Sumitomo Rubber’s Vibration Control Damper Chosen for Seismic Retrofitting of Kumamoto Castle

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that its vibration control damper will be used by Obayashi Corp. (TYO:1802) for the seismic retrofitting of Kumamoto Castle’s keep. The viscoelastic damper absorbs tremors by instantly converting seismic energy to heat, and uses high-damping rubber developed based on the advanced technology Sumitomo Rubber has accumulated for racing tires. The rubber has also...

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Sumitomo Riko to Offer Seminar on Seismic Damper System for Wooden Houses

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) will host seminars on building earthquake-proof homes for construction companies in the two major cities of Osaka and Tokyo by the end of this year. The seminar will look at the structure of the Total Response Control (TRC) Damper, Sumitomo Riko’s seismic damper system for wooden houses, and offer analyses of results from full-scale experiments....

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