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Award for building anti teror device

18.03.08

A Glasgow student has won a major innovation award for a device that could reduce the damage caused by car bombs. The N-capsulate can lessen the impact of car bombs on buildings by acting like a giant airbag. When a building is hit, the airbag, which is clipped to the side of the building, captures shrapnel and absorbs shockwaves caused by the explosion.

Product Design Engineering student Andrew McCalister was inspired to create the device following the terror attack on Glasgow Airport. He said: ‘I developed the idea for N-capsulate as part of my final year project at University. There was a lot of media coverage of terrorism attacks and I wanted to develop something that could have a practical impact on the effects of these types of attack.'

‘During the research I realised there was a huge need for a product that helped prevent the growing problem of car bombings so I focused on that area. The product I have developed is extremely relevant to problems now being faced by civilians as well as military personnel.’

The awards, created by the Science Centre, aim to find the country’s best new invention.

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