22 June 2009
22 June 2009
After four years of intensive reporting and testing, Strongwell’s fibreglass structural materials have achieved Los Angeles Research Report (LARR) approval for Radio Frequency (RF) transparent screening and enclosure systems.
Strongwell’s LARR approval is comprehensive, encompassing Extren structural shapes and plate, Durashield building panels, Safplank planking panels and Fibrebolt studs and nuts used in structures requiring RF transparency for rooftop structures.
In order to achieve LARR approval, Strongwell’s materials were exposed to exceedingly difficult 3rd party tests, against a very stringent list of mechanical, fire, UV and weathering ASTM standards. The approved products were tested in the lab in accordance with ASTM protocols and also underwent full scale mock-up testing.
This testing and approval provides engineers with the confidence that Strongwell’s materials are ideal for various architectural and structural applications. Many municipal building departments will accept this approval because Los Angeles is considered one of the more difficult zones to obtain construction and building permits. The safety factors of Strongwell’s LARR approval allows the fibreglass structure to be utilized in many more applications than rooftop screening.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Technical Fibre Products will showcase its Optiveil nonwovens at China Composites Expo in Shanghai on 5-7 September.