emergency rescue tunnel by idan raizberg
emergency rescue tunnel by idan raizberg emergency rescue tunnel by idan raizberg
mar 19, 2012

emergency rescue tunnel by idan raizberg

‘ruins catheter’ rescue tunnel by idan raizberg

for the second year in a row, the belzalel academy of arts and design, jerusalem presents an exhibition of work by its undergraduate and graduate students at ventura lambrate during milan design week 2012.

this year, bezalel’s selected theme is ‘design bonanza‘ which is meant to express the experimental spirit of the school and the creative research it encourages its students to engage in regarding new materials, shapes, ideas and tools.

idan raizberg’s ‘ruins catheter’ rescue tunnel is one of the projects being shown. the modular structure is meant to rescue an individual that has been trapped underneath the rubble of a collapsed structure. raizberg’s system draws its functional influences from that of a balloon catheter which is used in medicine to expand arteries. the device is designed as a capsule that is put at the edge of a fallen building, which is then opened by inflating an airbag, expanding the tunnel and locked at maximum size to enable a person to crawl through. once the first segment of the unit is opened, there is the possibility to send in additional ones to create a safe corridor for rescuing people during a disaster.

a single component

a balloon is set within the capsule, expanded by air forming a tunnel

demonstration of the modular rescue system

rendering of the tunnel view

storyboard scenario of ‘rescue tunnel’:

  • It’s a sign of the times – even poorly conceived ideas are given prominence when cleverly visualised.

    John Hetherington says:
  • It would be nice to see this further developed as I think there is a lot of potential.

    Bent says:
  • It’s all a matter of applied air pressure, which this design does not solve.

    Tom P says:
  • when rescuers search for survivors in an event like this, you can not just push away the collapsed materials, it would run the risk that present a minor collapse, affecting survivors.

    Kari C says:
  • Wait until surgeons hear about this

    mstndvn says:
  • very nice idea but necessary more developed

    reza says:
  • amazing !!!

    meni says:
  • design bonanaza!

    head says:
  • Great concept, but likely useful only in the case of lighter weight building materials, such as stick framed construction where further fracturing should be of lesser concern. An airbag can easily lift a car, products have been produced to do so, although I can’t recall seeing one in person. Of course there is no weight resting on top of the car….

    Could have value, the inflation system could be a major challenge.

    Will blockage at any one scissor defeat expansion?

    Will a durable enough bag fit in the collapsed module?

    greg zurbay says:
  • The principale is interesting

    Ing Wim van der Does says:
  • It’s worth developing. You might consider a “Jaws of life” component because the hydraulic method is very strong.

    KC says:
  • who is this guy?? he is awsome!!

    effie says:

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