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.

Carbon scanner beam_

Holding scanner heads perfectly still at high speed movements, typically an application for carbon fibre composites.

Cinema building façade_

Solico engineered the composite façade for the new cinema of the city of Gouda. At night, the façade is illuminated to emphasize the various windows that symbolize the diaphragm of a cinema camera.

Design and engineering of composite products is our core business_

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NIDV Exhibition

This year Solico will be exposing at the NIDV Symposium and Exhibition for defence and homeland security.

The NIDV stands for Dutch Industry for Defense and Safety. For more information and tickets visit

The exhibition will take place on November 19th 2015 at the AHOY in Rotterdam.

Visit us at our stand number 2.304.

High strength

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


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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


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

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.