17/02/2011

solid X

SolidX (Extra Solid Composit Glass)

Stratified glass allows the making of products with high emotional impact thanks to the addition of metal sheets or textiles in between two or more glass sheets. The glass instead, brings the additional benefit of walk-ability and protection against chemical substances.

Our more than ten years experience in glass stratification has allowed us to reach important results, both technical and aesthetical, very much appreciated by architects and interior designers.

Recently we have pushed our research and development toward thermoplastic polymers such as polycarbonate.

Multilayer made out of glass and polymers, are not difficult to be obtained with standard gluing or adhesive and be-adhesives. These are low temperature processes, that allow the usage of a relatively low performance material like acrylic polymers. But this is another story.

STRUCTURAL POLICARBONATE SHEETS AND GLASS TOGETHER FOR NEW EMOTIONS

Hot stratifications of glass and polymeric materials isn’t a new idea, nor is it particularly with polycarbonate polymer. In the safety segment for instance it is possible to see multilayer composites of glass and PC, PMMA, PET, manly in film form or compact sheets which are very much appreciated for their impact resistance and bullet proof behaviour.

But we have pushed the idea further still.

For the first time in our history we’ve been able to stratify one structural multilayer polycarbonate sheet in highly clear float glass and tempered glass.  

This brand new combination is now called SolidX (extra solid composite glass). It is a new composite which allows the production of light and intriguing floors and surfaces. Thanks to the inner geometries of different structural sheets we can create luminous paths or a functional micro environment that add magic to the application.

The new SolidX family opens a new season of creativity and we are confident it will be able to meet the needs of all our customers, the most demanding ones as well. 

This new laminate still needs some verifications prior to being applied in extreme conditions (exteriors) but is immediately suitable for interiors.

Not every structural sheet is suitable for the scope. Certain mechanical characteristics are required – eg. resistance to pressure load – to sustain the stratification process.

Particularly suitable are sheets with inner segments in an S shape such as Polisnake® product of Politec SA. However, also some other standard structures could have the necessary performance. These can be used as single sheets or in a multilayer version. Our research and development is in progress and the result of this will be shown at the next “Salone del Mobile 2011” of Milan in Tortona street. We look forward to your visit!

 

TYPICAL POLICARBONATE SHEET CHARACTERISTICS

The typical properties of polycarbonate made these sheets particularly resistant to mechanical load and against impact. A significant aspect of this product is its ability to maintain mechanical properties in a wide range of temperatures, both in a cold and hot environment ( below 20°C and up to 120°C). This behaviour is essential in industrial building applications such as sport centres and private or public offices.

Typical building and construction applications

Polycarbonate in compact or structural sheet versions finds applications in demanding markets were the combination of its superior impact, transparency, self extinguishing and thermal insulation characteristics make the difference versus glass.

Structural sheets provide energy saving for both cooling and heating environments. 

Structural sheets made out of polycarbonate are widely used in the building and construction market for :

-  windows

-  sheds and cladding of sport ad industrial buildings

-  roof of industrial and sports buildings

-  partition walls

-  architectural intervention (as these sheets could be also coloured)

Thermal insulation

The specific structural shape and its variable thicknesses allow energy saving of up to 45% (eg. thicknesses from 6mm up) if compared with a standard glass of 4mm and 6mm.

Light transmission

With regards to optical characteristics, polycarbonate with traditional shape or S shape inner structures, provide a very good LT % (light transmission) combined with a good screening of the dangerous UV rays.

In general, all sheet producers apply UV filters on their sheet surfaces. Thanks to this protection, the material keeps 93% of its initial transparency and colour clearness after ten years (LT% results based on producers internal or field tests). 

This protection is also effective for the preservation of the mechanical properties. Based on these results all sheet producers guarantee their products for ten years against the adverse effects of the weather.