UCSD Study Looks At Earthquake-Resistant Window Film
Window Film Produced By SD-Based Firm Bekaert
9:12 AM, Jun 15, 2010
As aftershocks continue from the Easter earthquake, a local company is hoping recent research by the University of California, San Diego will help a specially designed window film end up in more homes and businesses.During the 7.2 earthquake on Easter Sunday, glass in El Centro storefronts bent but did not break.In Calexico and the Sports Arena area, shattered glass littered the ground. Injuries from broken glass are the most common cause of injury during earthquakes, and a thin film produced by San Diego-based Bekaert could prevent those types of injuries.In a test video provided by the company, a bomb explodes and so does the glass without the film, spraying pieces of glass everywhere. In the next sequence, the bomb explodes and the glass with the film stays intact.The film on the glass has a shock-absorbing adhesive that is designed to keep everything in place, so when an earthquake hits, the glass does not go flying.A recent UCSD study examined how much protection the window film could offer in an earthquake.When the film is applied to the windows, less than one percent of glass will shatter and fall out of the frame, said Kathryn Giblin, the vice president of marketing for Bekaert Specialty Films.Despite the eye-popping proof, less than one percent of homes and businesses use the film. The San Diego makers of Solargard Film hope making the film will increase its popularity, along with an increase in the number of rattled nerves.To outfit an average home, the cost would be between $2,000 and $4,500. The energy-efficient film comes with rebates and tax credits.For more information on the window film, you can visit http://www.solargard.com.