Tidal Blades_

Together with our customer Tocardo, Solico developed, engineered and delivered a total of 6 sets tidal turbine blades. The blades vary in size from 2.5m to 4.5m. Holland Composites produced the turbine blades in close collaboration with Solico.

On November 26, 2015 the first tidal energy plant in the Dutch Eastern Scheldt was officially opened.

Carbon scanner beam_

At high speeds, scanner beams need to be able to hold scanning cameras completely still. For this purpose, carbon fibre composites offer the ideal solution. The combined advantages of lightweight and stiffness of composite materials are put to a good use in this situation. 

Façade University of Groningen_

The façade of the University of Groningen is comprised of composite panels. The panels incorporate an aesthetic front panel of GRP RaficladTM and a structural sandwich support panel. In each panel, several properties of composite materials, namely aesthetics, strength, lightweight and insulation, have been combined.

Design and engineering of composite products is our core business_

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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.

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.

High strength

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

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.

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.

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.

Aesthetics

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

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.

Lightweight

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

Sonar/Radar Transparency

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

Insulation

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