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Some development of FRP wall panels, roofs
2012-03-01 10:27:10

Many manufacturers produce FRP panels for construction applications. In the UK, Normanton Laminating Serviceshas been manufacturing composite panel-based systems for over 30 years. The company offers panels for use as internal linings, external cladding and screening for industrial and commercial buildings, as well as structural insulated panels for affordable housing where offsite methods of construction are becoming increasingly prevalent, the company relates. Normanton operates an in-house test facility for product testing and development specific to industry requirements and regulatory standards.

Some development of FRP wall panels, roofs

In Canada, Toronto-basedInnovative Composites International(ICI) manufactures Structure-Lite™ application-ready thermoplastic structural panels made from a sandwich of glass reinforced polypropylene skins with a honeycomb core. They are used in walls and roof sections of affordable housing systems that are designed to be hurricane and earthquake proof, as well as rot, mould and insect repellant.

A 24 in. square (154.8 cm2) of 0.5 in. (1.27 cm) thick Structure-Lite panel can support 569 lbs (258 kg) or twice that of plywood of the same thickness at less than half the weight of plywood, according to ICI. The panels are available pre-decorated and painted to buyer specifications. The company has filed a patent application covering construction of housing systems fabricated from Structure-Lite panels

Composite Panel Solutionsin New York (formerly CATTCO USA) offers a wide variety of laminated sandwich core panels and products for interior and exterior construction use. Speciality panels include a line designed for computer room floors, using glass prepreg laminate facings with Nomex® honeycomb core. The panels are said to provide low thermal and electrical conductivity along with good impact and abrasion resistance and excellent strength-to-weight ratio.

An innovative house made in Brazil from FRP composite materials was introduced recently at the largest construction industry trade fair in Latin America, FEICON BATIMAT 2010. The 37 m2 (398.3 ft2) house features composite walls made of foam core sandwich panels skinned with glass fibre reinforced polyester, as well as polystyrene and polyurethane. The panels are assembled using structural adhesives. Composites will also be used to produce doors and a box-type bathroom floor for the house, reports the Brazilian Composite Materials Association, which assembled a group of associated companies to produce the composites and bring the project to completion. The houses will be part of a new Brazilian government housing programme.


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