GRP sea outfall couplings_

GRP couplings are used to assemble HDPE pipe sections into an 11 km long sea outfall pipeline.

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Façade Windesheim college, Zwolle_

The large lightweight composite panels integrate multiple functions: Structural, insulation, esthetics, finishing. The construction process of the building runs separate from the large composite panels. Because of the lightweight construction, large panels can be produced, saving in assembly time and cost.

Theme parks_

Solico made the structural design of various objects used in entertainment parks or in public space as artwork. Examples from the Efteling park are "The Flying Dutchman" and "Python" carts, the "Sprookjesboom" support structure and the "Wonderwachter" lamps.

Design and engineering of composite products is our core business_

The largest independent composite engineering company in the Benelux.

Our vast experience is the best start for the success of your product.

Independence from production methods and suppliers results in the best design.

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New corporate identity

Solico is happy to announce its new corporate identity, logo and website. As per January first we have updated our projects section and refreshed the appearances but rest assured... We are still Solico. Same people, same quality, same performance!!

Sonar/Radar Transparency

Composites are very well known for their transparency to radar and low damping properties.

Cost effectiveness

Though composite materials themselves are slightly more expensive than metals, combining properties such as insulation and weight savings often results in a cost effective product.

Chemical resistance

Composite materials are resistant to a lot of chemical products such as acids, hydroxides, crude oil, etc. Corrosion resistance against salt and seawater is excellent.

Integration of functions

By combining functions such as strength and insulation in one product, a composite solution is often more cost effective than the sum of traditional solutions.

High stiffness to weight ratio

The stiffness to weight ratio of a high modulus carbon fiber construction is typically 5 times higher than steel or aluminium.

Non-magnetic

The non-magnetic properties of glassfiber reinforced composites are a major advantage especially in sonar and radar applications.

Insulation

Typical GRP lambda values are 1, compared to 50 for steel and 237 for aluminium, which results in excellent insulation properties.

High strength

In general, fiber reinforced plastics outperform metals (e.g. steel and aluminium) in strength.

Limited thermal expansion

Thermal expansion of composite materials can be tuned. Depending on the fiber used it can vary between 0 and 30 where steel has an alpha of 12.

Low maintenance

Steel structures typically require periodic maintenance such as conservation and paint systems to prevent corrosion. Composites are not susceptible to corrosion resulting in lower Life-cycle costs.

Esthetics

Slender constructions and seamless façades are examples of esthetics driven design. These type of structures are impossible to construct with traditional materials.

Freedom of geometry

Double curved shapes are easily produced in composite materials at almost no extra cost. For production of limited series the relatively low moulding costs are an additional benefit.

Lightweight

The specific weight of composites varies between 1.5 and 2.0 compared to 2.7 to 7.8 for aluminium and steel.