Inflatable and Reusable Hydraulic Dam Patented by Researchers

Inflatable Dam Creators

Some researchers from the University of Granada have patented a new system that uses inflatable hydraulic dams that can be assembled and dismantled very easily. The technique is the first of its kind in the world.

The system enables a hydraulic dam to be assembled and dismantled in only a few hours, with no specialized machinery required. This not only allows for quick assembly but it minimized environmental damage by eliminating the need to install a solid cement floor and it is reusable. The patented invention can be installed in sections of a river that are difficult to reach and be easily transported to emergency zones or developing countries.

The custom inflatable system is made up of a modular foundation. The foundation is made from cuboid blocks that are manufactured using material that is both resistant and heavier than water. Next the blocks are placed on a base on which, using elements that run through the blocks, the inflatable part of the dam that holds the water back.

“With this set-up, we manage to create a horizontal support for the pneumatic element, as well as obtaining an anchorage that is more resistant to the force of the water flow,” explains Fernando Delgado Ramos, one of the authors on the patent.

The prefabricated elements of the dam is built from are low in weight and size, so they can be transported in trucks or even in containers carried by helicopters. This also aids in being able to set up the blocks quickly. There is very little effect on the environment from the set-up.

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The American Inflatable Road Show in Austin, Texas

The American Inflatable Road Show

The American Inflatable Road Show will be in Austin, Texas from April 24th to the 25th. It is a trade show designed specifically for companies in the inflatable product industry. The leading inflatable companies will be at the AIR show to show off their inflatable slides, bounce houses, and promotional products.

The American Inflatable Alliance sponsors the AIR show and was started in 2012. It is the only trade show dedicated entirely to inflatables and the inflatable industry. Visitors will be able to see the most creative inflatables that companies from around the country have to offer. There will be many inflatable products that people can try first hand to understand the excitement they offer.

The country’s biggest inflatable companies, like Inflatable 2000, will be on hand in Austin for the show. Inflatable 2000Inflatable 2000 is the world’s leading source for amusement inflatables, promotional inflatables, tents, banners, and more. The inflatable company has worked with many large companies and organizations such as NASA, Disney, and 20th Century Fox Films to create custom designed inflatable products. Inflatable 2000 also works with many smaller businesses to create custom inflatable products that they can use to effectively brand their services or products to their target audience.

The American Inflatable Road Show was created to bring a series of regional shows to various cities across the country. The AIR Show in Austin will feature the leaders in the inflatable industry and is designed specifically for those in the market for inflatable products. There will be a wide variety of businesses that use inflatable products at the show, including event companies, backyard rental companies, and anyone company that features inflatable play structures.

The AIR Show will be held at the Austin, Texas Convention Center and there will also be educational seminars, exhibits, and safety training. Doors will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:30 am. The show will close on Thursday, April 25th at 3:00 pm.

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Ford Files for Trademark on iLuv

 

Ford

Rumor has it that Ford is working on an inflatable car. Those rumors got fueled even more after Ford filed trademark applications for something called an Inflatable Light Urban Vehicle, or iLuv. Other than the fact that it is classified under “vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water,” there is little more information on what exactly it could be.

The outlet that first discovered that Ford put in the applications, Ford Inside News, suggests that the iLuv could be intended for use on some sort of small, collapsible personal urban transport device. Inflatable CarEven with all the speculation, Ford is not releasing any information about its Inflatable Light Urban Vehicle plans. One spokesperson for Ford released a statement that the company regularly trademarks various names and won’t comment on any speculation surrounding these.

Ford isn’t the only major car company looking to get into the inflatable vehicle market. Mercedes-Benz has shown a prototype vehicle that has inflatable steel beams in its doors that expand in the event of a crash to absorb energy. There is also a San Francisco start-up company called XP Vehicles that has proposed a car made from flexible panels filled with lightweight expandable foam.

So until more information is released about the iLuv, all we can do is speculate. Ford seems to be doing a lot inflatable research because they have released a vehicle with rear seatbelts that inflate during an accident to help cushion the blow. Only time will tell if people will be inflating their vehicles before they go out.

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Fake Horse with Inflatable Intestines Helps Train Veterinarians

Inflatable Horse Model

The University of Edinburgh recently acquired a life-sized anatomical model of a horse. The inside is complete with inflatable latex intestines, which can be used to simulate the common and deadly condition of equine colic. This is a priceless tool in teaching future veterinarians how to identify and treat this fatal condition in horses.

The equine colic simulator model will help students at the University’s School of Veterinary Studies to familiarize themselves with the condition. Equine colic causes abdominal pain and is the leading cause of premature death in horses. The inflatable intestines will aid the students in learning hoInflatable Intestines w to assess the condition by allowing them to perform an internal examination of the horse’s intestines and sample for free fluid in their abdomen.

The model features representations of the horse’s digestive tract that can be inflated to simulate certain symptoms. The horse model also features the spleen, left kidney, and a replica pelvis for the students to explore. The model also has an area that allows for the students to do a “belly top” test, where a small incision is made into the belly of the horse to test whether there is an infection in the abdominal cavity or if the intestines have ruptured.

In addition to colic, the simulator can be used to identify reproductive problems. The horse simulator was developed by Dr. Emma Read at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She designed the simulator to provide a safer and less stressful environment for the students.

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Inflatable Concrete Tent Developed in Britain

Inflatable Concrete Shelter

Technology for shelters in the event of a natural disaster or crisis has seen strides recently. Many companies are creating shelters and tools to help provide people affected by disasters an easy set-up shelter or survival kit. One pioneering British firm has created an inflatable tent that turns into concrete by just adding water.

You might think this is too good be true. “Just add water” seems like an infomercial line that is used to sell a product to the masses. However, the Concrete Canvas Shelter is the real deal and can be erected by just two people in less than an hour. In less than one day the structure will turn from inflatable dwelling to a full concrete structure.

The Concrete Canvas Shelter begins inside of waterproof plastic sheeting for easy transportation. First, water must be pumped into the unit to start the process. The concrete cloth inside is made up of fibers which evenly absorb water until all of the cloth is saturated. Once the unit is filled up without about 800 to 1,000 liters of water, there is about a five hour window to erect the structure before the concrete sets. The waterproof plastic is removed and a inflation device is used to blow air inside of the unit. The cloth must be completely dragged out before it is completely inflated for proper set-up. Then you just wait and watch as the structure inflates to its full size of 50 square meters. A day later the concrete structure is ready to use.

The speed of which this technology can be used may allow for huge improvements in how
the world reacts to humanitarian crisis. A concrete canvas building has great thermal properties, so whatever is kept inside can be kept cool or warm, and can provide a sterile environment for surgery. The tent was first created with military use in mind, but will be a great help in natural disaster situations.

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