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Barracuda Composites engineering division has designed a total of 27 sandwich composite tanks using finite element analysis to be used at a marine aquarium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The aquarium will have a total floor area of 27,000 square metres and will house 12,000 species from 400 different freshwater and saltwater species, including sharks and rays. City officials anticipate the construction will require an estimated investment of 60 million US dollars.
According to Barracuda, the tanks, containing a total of 5 million litres of water (1.3 million gallons), will be built by resin infusion method with vinylester resin and glass fabrics.
The aquarium was conceived not only to be a tourist attraction, but also to promote conservation of biodiversity, environmental education and marine biology research. The project is expected to be finished during 2014 and is expecting to attract 1.5 million visitors per year.
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