BOTHELL - In Bothell they’re trying to make a sphere made of ¼ inch thick aluminum with a hatch in it fail. That’s what they do at Systima Technologies, a testing firm where companies come to prove that their products can take it.
In this case, the company is Survival Capsule, LLC. of Mukilteo. The survival capsule idea grew out of concern for lives lost in the the tsunami’s of 2004 and 2011 that respectively hit the Indian Ocean and the northeastern coast of Japan with massive loss of life.
Today’s testing involved simulating the crushing effects of floating cars, pieces of buildings, loose ships, logs and other hazards that doom people who end up in the swirling waters of a tsunami.
The testing involves simulating the survival capsule as it would be pushed along or against a tsunami wave of debris which can exceed 25 miles per hour.
The test drops the capsule onto a concrete telephone pole, tries to puncture it with exposed rebar, even attempts to burn it as it might be as fire often accompanies a tsunami disaster in an urban area. All, checking to make sure no water leaked in.