PacSci-Doku: "Stopping Sandy" Answer

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs

The question in this edition is:

What new technology might reduce the devastation from hurricanes?

The answer: Giant Plug

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How can we keep water from flooding into subway and car tunnels located in low lying areas like occurred during Hurricane Sandy? Engineers from West Virginia University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have designed a giant inflatable plug made from a strong, but lightweight fabric made from a liquid-crystal polymer. In three minutes, the balloon-like structure inflates and blocks water from getting into a tunnel. Watch a demonstration of the giant plug inflating in a mock-up of a subway tunnel.

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