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18th August 2017, Cornwall

Ciject machines used in award winning project

The use of composite materials in architecture is a growth area for the industry, with novel and innovative work being done both in structural and cosmetic applications, says Composite Integration (CI), a provider of market-leading solutions for the composites industry, specialising in resin transfer moulding (RTM) and resin infusion.

The company’s equipment has been successfully used in the project to refurbish three prestigious harbour buildings in Valencia (originally the base of the Americas Cup Team) to become the new University EDEM Business School with design and technical direction by ERRE Arquitectura. The buildings combine striking cosmetic design with state of the art energy efficiency and environmental protection.

ERRE Arquitectura. © Composite Integration

Miraplas SL is a well-established composite manufacturer in Alicante and has developed its RTM expertise with help from CI’s Spanish distributor EFA 2000 Composites and closed-mould specialist Jose Manuel Bey who provided technical support and tooling.

Over 2,000 composite panels were required with a diverse range of sizes and shapes and all conforming to stringent fire safety regulations (EN 13501-1). To achieve this, Miraplas used Scott Bader’s Crestapol 1212 high performance acrylic resin filled with 170 phr by weight of Alumina Trihydrate (ATH).

The Miraplas Ciject injection machines successfully processed 84 tonnes of this highly filled material to produce over 14,000m² of panels. At the end of the project the machines were routinely serviced and found to be in excellent condition, the company reports.

As a supplier of the majority of the raw materials used, Owens Corning were awarded the Innovation Award at The Future of Composites in Construction at JEC 2017 Chicago.

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