Translucent canopy Aalst_

An innovative Canopy for the new bus station in Aalst Belgium was realized by PolyProducts. Solico was responsible for the engineering of this challenging project. We are happy to be part of this innovation which shows that composites are not only very durable and strong but can be made to look good as well.

Gun shield_

The composite gun shield at this frigate is modified to absorb the “green” water loads that are typical for northern waters. This modification is also used to improve the Radar Cross Section (RCS) performance.

PWR robot lever_

Solico performed the finite element analysis to optimize the laminate layup within the high stiffness requirements.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Lightweight

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

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.

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 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.

Insulation

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

Esthetics

Slender constructions and seamless façades are examples of esthetics 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.

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.