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Plastic reinforcement of wood can increase resistance to hurricanes

Wind damage from hurricanes would be significantly reduced if buildings were constructed with new materials being developed at University of Maine in USA. The Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center of the University of Maine has come up with new technology using fiber-reinforced polymer that strengthens the roof and wall joints of a building, increasing the structure's ability to withstand high winds by 50-100%.

The center recently obtained patents on two products that can make buildings less vulnerable to the destruction wreaked by hurricanes.
One is a building panel into which a layer of composite is inserted. The reinforced layer, which is as strong as steel, works to prevent nails from being ripped out, thus securing the joints and helping to keep the building together.
The other patented product is made up of a strip of composite applied to the panel joints of a roof. The strip bonds to the joints like putting duct tape over the panels to keep the roof together.

A structure currently designed to withstand winds of 200 Km/hour should be able to sustain winds of 270 Km/hour with this new reinforced product.

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