Tecnalia-Construccin is taking part, together with other European companies and technological centres, in the FACOMP project, the main goal of which is to develop lighter structural materials and with better performances, particularly thermal and durability, for the construction sector.
The CIDEMCO-Tecnalia Technological Centre is coordinating the FACOMP project, for sections of curtain walls based on polymeric nanocomposites. This is a European project financed by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) within the remit for research favouring small and medium sized companies, to finish in October 2011. Together with CIDEMCO-Tecnalia are enterprises both in the composites and the faades sectors, such as Exel Composites (U.K.), Sika Italia, Isotest Engineering (Italy), Enar Envolventes Arquitectnicas (Spain), Technocladd Architectural and Technological Claddings (Spain) and the Swedish Institute of Composites, Swerea-Sicomp.
The principal goal of the project, with a budget of nearly 1.5 million euros, is to define a new type of curtain wall using polymeric nanomaterials instead of steel or aluminium.
Curtain walls are one of the most common types of building faade currently used, due to its ease of construction and its lightness and to the wide variety of materials and textures that can be used for their final surface finish. The materials most used currently in systems for curtain wall sections are aluminium and steel. Nevertheless, these materials often have problems of supply and poor thermal behaviour, amongst other drawbacks.
The new system developed should have mechanical properties equal to or better than these materials, be lighter and more resistant to bad weather, and have improved thermal and acoustic behaviour. Also, the development of this new material will involve the redesign or adaptation of the rest of the curtain wall components (joints, silicones glass, etc.).
The project has passed its half-way stage
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