GRP flue gas ducts _

Solico did the structural design and made the construction drawings for several GRP flue gas ducts of coal fired power plants. Typical diameters range from 7 to 12 m, with length up to 250 m.

Crash tender cabin_

Solico made the structural verification of the composite cabin of this crash tender. In case of a airplane crash, the crew is protected by the incredibly strong but light composite cabin.

Masts_

Solico engineered the radar masts for multiple super yachts. Low weight and radar transparancy are the key benefits of composites in these structures.

Design and engineering of composite products is our core business_

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High strength

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

Lightweight

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

Insulation

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

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.

Esthetics

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

Sonar/Radar Transparency

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

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.

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.

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.

Non-magnetic

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

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.

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.