21 September 2021
The lightweight construction material
of the future
Composite textiles by vombaur for innovations in architecture and the construction industry
Brick by brick or steel plus concrete – that's still what many people think of when they hear the word building site. But today's construction industry also uses completely different materials. Fibre-reinforced plastic, textile concrete, carbonised wood, membranes, nano-materials … New building materials open up completely new perspectives. In terms of engineering, design, and organisation.
In particular, building with fibre-reinforced materialsoffers virtually limitless possibilities. This is due, on the one hand, to the excellent properties of fibre-reinforced materials (FRM) and, on the other hand, to the fact that the material – unlike wood or brick, for example – is not machined or processed for its use, but custom-produced.
Excellent properties – in terms of engineering, design, and organisation
Fibre-composite materials offer a whole range of technical properties for innovative and sustainable building:
- High mechanical rigidity
- Low weight
- High corrosion resistance
- Low material fatigue
- Low heat transfer coefficient of the plastic matrix
- Resistance to frost and de-icing salt
- Good draping capability
In addition, fibre composites offer numerous design options for novel and exceptional new building and maintenance projects:
- Unique variety of shapes
- Different structures of the textiles
- Large spectrum of colours and colour combinations
- Translucency of the plastic matrix
Thanks to these properties, composites can be used to produce coloured, phosphorescent, thermochromic or – through the use of LEDs or light-conducting fibres permanently integrated into the matrix – luminescent components.