Search & Rescue Lifeboat_

Solico engineered a full glass fibre composite wheelhouse for the new KNRM Search & Rescue lifeboat SAR NH1816.

The composite design with integrated functions had to be safe in all weather and sea state conditions while being operated at maximum possible speed. Solico’s engineering made sure that maximum speed was determined by the crews comfort and not limited by the composite strength.

To verify the lifeboat strength, the heaviest load case, a roll-over, was performed at Damen Gorichem. After a successful test, in December 2013, the lifeboat was accepted by the KNRM.

Pedestrian and bicycle bridges_

In cooperation with W.B. BIJL B.V. Solico has developed a flexible pedestrian bridge concept assembled from pultrusion profiles. Multiple bridges have been produced and installed.

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.

Design and engineering of composite products is our core business_

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Sonar/Radar Transparency

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

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.

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.

High strength

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


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

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.


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


The fatigue resistance of composites is much better than that of metals. Of course fatigue failure also occurs in GRP and CFRP and has to be analysed in detail.

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.

Chemical/corrosion 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.


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

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.

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.


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