Landing craft_

Solico engineered composite wheelhouses and covers for these landing craft.

The Shoal London_

A shimmering wall of titanium fish is featured in the Olympic village Metro station The giant fish are constructed from GRP skins over GRP frames and cladded on the outside by titanium skins.

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_

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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.

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.

Non-magnetic

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

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.

Esthetics

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

Fatigue

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.

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 strength

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

Insulation

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

Sonar/Radar Transparency

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

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.

Lightweight

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

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.

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.