Image: Carbon tape for fibre-reinforced materials: excellent properties

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.

Illustration: Low effort, low weight: Maintenance with fibre-reinforce materials

Low effort, low weight: Maintenance with fibre-reinforce materials

 

In addition, there are organisational benefits for planning, construction and maintenance work with fibre-reinforced materials:

  • Easier handling and assembly of the far lighter and more flexible components – compared with steel, concrete or wood
  • Faster installation
  • Shorter construction site times in road and bridge maintenance
  • Shorter delivery times
  • Ability to integrate electronic monitoring systems
     

Individual composite textiles – for every lightweight engineering project

The perfect basis for fibre-reinforced building materials, with which new technical and architectural visions can be realised, is ensured by woven tapes and seamless round or shaped woven textiles by vombaur. The composites experts at vombaur develop and manufacture the fabrics from carbon, glass, flax or other high-performance fibres on special weaving lines for individually specified round and shaped woven textiles – and can therefore offer you the best possible fibre base for every lightweight construction project.

"Regardless of whether it's a new construction or a renovation project, a facade design, a bridge or a staircase – as your development partner for composite textiles, we have plenty of experience with composites for demanding tasks," emphasises Dr.-Ing. Sven Schöfer, Head of Development and Innovation at vombaur. "We develop, create samples and manufacture woven tapes and seamless round or shaped woven textilesin collaboration with the customer enterprise development teams and individually for the respective projects." This is how novel and unique lightweight components made of high-performance textiles are created for visionary projects.

 

 

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