The Vth Ark is a project designed by Moatasem Esmat of the Helwan University to decrease the number of casualties during catastrophic events such as tsunamis. Despite the fact that tsunamis and other natural disasters will always remain a greater force to stand against, saving lives will always remain the first priority during these events.
The main problem about tsunamis is not just the waves, but the debris that the waves carry, and the fact that the more they travel the more they gain power and speed. Therefore, the materials used to construct the ark has to be durable enough to stand against the debris.
The Ark mainly functions in two ways: The stand, which the Ark is placed on, it acts as a normal higher ground surface when minor floods. The stand is designed to let the water flow through it, thus avoiding the water flow’s overwhelming strength. Second, the Ark becomes a floating shelter, while tied to the ground with adaptive chains that increase in length as Ark floats higher. The LED lights that surround the structure forms a rescue signal in case the Ark is swept away or buried under a wreckage.
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