Bridge-origami will help with natural disasters

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Mastering the art of origami helped scientists from Hiroshima University (Hiroshima University) in developing the original design of the mobile bridge. The development team, led by Dr. Ichiro Iroh, demonstrated the current model of the mobile bridge of the 4th version, passing it across the Hongo River in the city of Fukuyama. The show was held in the framework of the symposium of the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers.

To deploy the structure does not require the construction of a foundation or the presence of lifting mechanisms. When folded, the mobile bridge is transported on the trailer, and if necessary, it unfolds, like a folded accordion paper tape. The process of organizing a ferry takes less than an hour, which is critical in carrying out rescue and recovery operations in the centers of natural disasters.

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The organization of crossing the river Hongo took a little more than five minutes, after which the bridge was ready to move on it. The design is recognized as the easiest and quickly installed in the world. Dr. Iro and his team intend to use similar structures to strengthen the old bridges and organize the crossing for the time of their repair.

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