10 September 2010
10 September 2010
Nidaplast is providing new perspectives for architects, designers and interior decorators by combining traditional and heavy materials such as concrete and natural stone with honeycomb structural panels.
Glass reinforced plastic skins can be used to strengthen the honeycomb core. With improved insulation and vibration dampening, Nidaplast say that the sandwich panels are three times lighter, more resistant and less fragile than a one-piece structure of natural stone.
Nidaplast composites specialise in polypropylene honeycomb and combine the core of sandwich panels with materials traditionally used in building and construction like natural stone and concrete. The procedure uses a very thin layer of the raw material. This winning combination saves on the raw material, perpetuating the lifespan of its quarries and also facilitates the sandwich structure by using less weight. “This composite combination means architects can cater to customer demands for high-end products at a lower cost. The noble materials retain their look and appeal but cost less, are lighter and less fragile,” explains Claire Ducreux, head of Nidaplast’s marketing and communication.
The use of the nidaplast core in sandwich panels improves natural stone’s resistance. This combination is used in framework and self-supporting structures such as flooring, double flooring and staircases. A 5mm-thick marble skin glued on to a 28mm-thick nidaplast core can bear up to 50 times more load and strain than a 20mm-thick regular marble panel.
Nidaplast composites will be on on stand D43, Hall 10-11 at Composites Europe, from 14th to 16th September 2010.
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