Façade University of Groningen

The façade of the University of Groningen is comprised of composite panels. The panels incorporate an aesthetic front panel of GRP RaficladTM and a structural sandwich support panel. In each panel, several properties of composite materials, namely aesthetics, strength, lightweight and insulation, have been combined.

Customer:
Holland Composites Industrials
Aesthetics

Slender constructions and seamless façades are examples of aesthetics 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.

Insulation

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

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