Fletcher hotel façade_

This Fletcher hotel is a real eye-catcher located at the entrance of Amsterdam, right next to highway A2. Solico engineered the curved shaped façade made of fibre reinforced materials.

Sonar domes_

Solico developed a new generation of sonar domes for the Royal Dutch Navy. The domes combine superior sonar transparency with robustness needed for severe sea conditions. Recently we developed sonar domes for the Royal Danish Navy, based on a similar design.

Storage tanks and silos_

Amphora is a software program developed by Solico for the calculation and optimization of fibre reinforced thermoset tanks and silos. Solico also makes dedicated designs of storage tanks and silo’s according to EN 13121, DIBt, ASCE etc.

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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 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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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 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.


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

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.

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.