JUL 23, 2015 08:52 AM PDT

Check Out This Portable Origami Bridge

One of the problems with natural disasters and man-made disasters alike is that you can't always tell when they're going to happen. Sometimes, they knock out important structures, like bridges that connect two landmasses separated by a body of water.

This cool bridge can be un-folded and deployed in an emergency situation to help traffic cross water.

Researchers from Japan have developed a truly awesome folding bridge, which has been reportedly based off of the ancient art of origami paper-folding, which can be folded up when not in use, transported on a trailer, and deployed in emergency situations to provide a quick way for emergency personnel to cross water.

But emergency disasters might not be the only thing that the bridge is useful for.

For example, imagine officials needing to close off a bridge for a crime scene, or some other situation; this new portable bridge could provide unforgiving traffic with an alternative route across a body of water. It could also allow incomplete bridge projects to be temporarily accessible for a period of time ahead of their completion.

The metal frame of this bridge is highly durable and it takes only about an hour to set up after it has been brought to a deployment site. Using scissor-like folding joints, the bridge can be expanded or shortened as needed like an accordion.

"A crucial point is how to expand a portable bridge. Usually a crane and a team of technicians is needed, but not in this case," Dr Paolo Beccarelli, Assistant Professor in Architectural Structures at the University of Nottingham explained in a comment.

It's being called Mobile Bridge 4.0 and was presented not too long ago by the researchers at an engineering symposium in Japan on June 23rd.

The current design is somewhat of a prototype, although future plans are to make the bridge even more lightweight, more portable, more compact, and even faster to set up in emergency situations.

This will be an awesome addition to the world's transportation system as the world calls for more advanced ways to handle situations that slow traffic down or completely disable over-water transportation routes.

Source: BBC

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
OCT 16, 2019
Technology
OCT 16, 2019
Novel Neural-Network Can Determine What Emotion An Image Evokes
Ever wondered if a computer may someday differentiate between joyful images from a depressing one? Can it someday tell if a film is a romantic comedy or a...
OCT 16, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 16, 2019
The Science Behind the First Powered Flight on Another Planet
NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission involves much more than just another land-based rover – it will also pioneer the very first powered flight on...
OCT 16, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
OCT 16, 2019
Will Cannabis Facilities Pollute the Air?
The strong smell of cannabis comes from chemicals that could potentially cause indoor or outdoor air pollution, if not properly managed, a new study finds....
OCT 16, 2019
Technology
OCT 16, 2019
Unlock Your Smartphone with Earbuds?
Visit any public space from coffee shops to the library and you will come across multiple people wearing earbuds or earphones. This inspired computer scien...
OCT 16, 2019
Chemistry & Physics
OCT 16, 2019
How to Interpret Google's Quantum Supremacy Claim?
According to a report from Financial Times last week, Google scientists and their partners at Ames Research Center of NASA claimed that their team achieved...
OCT 16, 2019
Microbiology
OCT 16, 2019
Scientists Capture Video of a Virus Forming
In a first, scientists have captured video of individual viruses as they form, illustrating viral assembly....
Loading Comments...