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Los Angeles, CA - August 2, 2007 --Brent Phares, Ph.D., Chief Engineer of Material Technologies Inc., (OTCBB: MTTG.OB - News), a developer of advanced technology to monitor and measure metal fatigue, commented on today's highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis, calling the disaster a sign of America's widespread problem with its aging infrastructure. Company Chief Engineer Brent Phares made his comments during and after an interview Wednesday night on Fox News at 11:00 PM ET.
Phares said it is too early to tell exactly what caused Minnesota DOT Bridge 9340, which carries Interstate 35 W over the Mississippi River just east of downtown Minneapolis, to collapse suddenly during rush hour. But he pointed out that the bridge was 40 years old and was built at a time when vehicular traffic and weights were much less than they are today and at a time when bridge steels and redundancy where not at today's standards. At the time of the collapse, trucks, buses and passenger vehicles were bumper-to-bumper on the bridge. The bridge also had fatigue-susceptible details which were difficult to inspect.
"Our first thoughts after this horrific event must go toward the injured, the families of the victims and the heroic people who have worked to save lives at the disaster scene and at hospitals," Phares said today. "As authorities analyze the collapse and determine its cause, however, they will have to come to terms with the fact that bridge failures are not isolated, rare events, and that the risk of new tragedies from unseen metal fatigue inevitably grows as steel bridges age. There is a growing, urgent need to inspect bridges with the most advanced technology in order to prevent more tragedies like today's collapse."
Phares noted the following facts about bridges in the U.S.:
About Material Technologies
Material Technologies Inc. (OTCBB:MTTG.OB - News), also known as MATECH, is an engineering, research and development company specializing in technologies to measure microscopic fractures and flaws in metal structures and monitor metal fatigue in real time. The company's leading-edge metal fatigue detection, measurement and monitoring solutions can accurately test the integrity of metal structures and equipment including bridges, railroads, airplanes, ships, cranes, power plants, mining equipment, piping systems and heavy iron. For more information about Material Technologies, Inc., please visit its website at www.matechcorp.com.
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Robert M. Bernstein