Façade University of Groningen_

The panels designed for the University of Groningen incorporate an esthetic front panel of GRP RaficladTM and a structural sandwich support panel. In one panel esthetics, strength and insulation are combined.

Floating bridge Geestmerambacht_

Solico realised the complete design of the all new composite floating bridge at Geestmerambacht. Composites were chosen to reduce maintenance costs over its lifetime.

Audi wind-tunnel sensor arm_

Designing a measurement structure that does not vibrate when holding a microphone next to a new Audi sportscar going at 250 km/h in the ‘Ingolstadt’ windtunnel… not easy, but we did it.

Design and engineering of composite products is our core business_

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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!!

Insulation

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Esthetics

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

Lightweight

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

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.

High strength

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

Sonar/Radar Transparency

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

Fatigue

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