Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > A number of European companies working together to create innovative façades with nanomaterials

Abstract:
Tecnalia-Construcción 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.

By Amaia Portugal

A number of European companies working together to create innovative façades with nanomaterials

EU | Posted on March 3rd, 2010

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 façades sectors, such as Exel Composites (U.K.), Sika Italia, Isotest Engineering (Italy), Enar Envolventes Arquitectónicas (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 façade 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 and the new composites to be used for the new façades are currently being chosen, and a first prototype of a possible design prepared (more information on web page www.facomp.eu).

Anticipated achievements of project

Amongst the achievements anticipated for the project is the development of composite sections the most outstanding characteristics of which are that their mechanical behaviour is equal to or better than aluminium sections, enhancement in thermal insulation and behaviour in bad weather compared to aluminium sections.

To this end, an optimisation of the formulation and techniques for the composite processing is being undertaken. The team is working on both thermoplastic and thermostable polymers reinforced with inorganic fibres and nanomaterials, and different processing techniques are being studied.

As a final achievement the creation of a real-scale curtain wall prototype using the new nanocomposite sections is anticipated.

Nanotechnology

In this project in concrete, nanotechnology will enable obtaining greater rigidity and resistance in the final material, as well as enhanced performances against fire. The use of nanomaterials is growing fast in many sectors thanks to the advances offered for various fields, such as engineering, medicine and packaging.

Properties of the material

The material that will be developed for the sections is a polymeric nanocomposite reinforced with fibres and nanoparticles (nanoclay). This type of material presents multiple advantages: flexibility in design, lightness, excellent behaviour in bad weather conditions, an absence of corrosion, absence of electromagnetic interference and good mechanical properties against fire.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Amaia Portugal
Elhuyar Foundation

Zelai Haundi 3, Osinalde Industrialdea
20170 Usurbil
Spain

Tel: +34 943 363040
Fax: +34 943 363144

Copyright © CORDIS

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Nanostructures Increase Corrosion Resistance in Metallic Body Implants May 24th, 2015

Iranian Scientists Use Magnetic Field to Transfer Anticancer Drug to Tumor Tissue May 24th, 2015

Basel physicists develop efficient method of signal transmission from nanocomponents May 23rd, 2015

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules May 23rd, 2015

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules May 23rd, 2015

Visualizing How Radiation Bombardment Boosts Superconductivity: Atomic-level flyovers show how impact sites of high-energy ions pin potentially disruptive vortices to keep high-current superconductivity flowing May 23rd, 2015

Nanotherapy effective in mice with multiple myeloma May 21st, 2015

Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries May 21st, 2015

Materials/Metamaterials

Nanostructures Increase Corrosion Resistance in Metallic Body Implants May 24th, 2015

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules May 23rd, 2015

Haydale Named Lead Sponsor for Cambridge Graphene Festival May 22nd, 2015

Supercomputer unlocks secrets of plant cells to pave the way for more resilient crops: IBM partners with University of Melbourne and UQ May 21st, 2015

Announcements

Nanostructures Increase Corrosion Resistance in Metallic Body Implants May 24th, 2015

Iranian Scientists Use Magnetic Field to Transfer Anticancer Drug to Tumor Tissue May 24th, 2015

Basel physicists develop efficient method of signal transmission from nanocomponents May 23rd, 2015

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules May 23rd, 2015

Alliances/Partnerships/Distributorships

Samtec, Global Provider of Interconnect Systems, Joins IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program May 21st, 2015

SUNY Poly CNSE and NIOSH Launch Federal Nano Health and Safety Consortium: May 20th, 2015

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Announces Official Launch of the Eagle Platinum Tile™ May 19th, 2015

DiATOME enables surface preparation for AFM and FIB May 19th, 2015

Construction

Iranian Scientists Present Model to Study Mechanical Vibrations of Structures Containing Nanocomposites May 5th, 2015

Nanoparticles Used to Improve Mechanical, Thermal Properties of Cellulose Fibers April 23rd, 2015

Blue Star Opportunities Corp. (BSTO) Completes Major Condo Building Project in Manhattan Residential Area; Company Now Has the Resources to Service the Largest of Construction Projects April 21st, 2015

To Conserve London's 300-Year-Old Masterpiece, Nanotech & Drones April 12th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project