Houston Dome

“Houston is in peril. The country’s fourth most populous city faces heat, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Only a radical engineering solution will save the city: a massive dome, 1,500 feet high and a mile in diameter, would protect the city.”

Houston has faced many hurricanes in the past, and has often been left with billions of pounds worth of damages.  Last year the city was shut down for a week and had to pay over 10 billion dollars in repairs. Some engineers believe building a giant dome over the city will prevent such disasters in the future, but many disagree, with some people saying the dome would spark rivalries with those living inside and outside of the structure.

The Houston Dome surface area will stretch over 21 million sq ft, which will make it the biggest structure with the largest roof in the world. The dome’s panels will be 15 ft across, with over 147,000 to cover the city of Houston. The only problem would be that using glass or plexiglass would make the whole structure extremely heavy.

But the answer comes from  Vector Foil, a company from the German city of Bremen. Vector Foil manufactures an innovative strong, lightweight, transparent polymer known as ethylene tetra fluoro ethylene. At just one percent of glass, ETFE is described as 99 percent nothing. And considering that it can withstand winds of 180 miles per hour, it could be the breakthrough for the Houston Dome.



~ by jordancoulson08 on November 14, 2011.

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