Composite materials and multiaxial non-crimp fabric designs made of glass, carbon and aramid fibers have long been used in industries where the component weight is the decisive factor. For some time, new processes and innovative (hybrid) products have enabled the composite industry to enter the construction industry. LEO is one such innovation. Using LEO, metallic materials such as steel or aluminum can be replaced by lightweight solutions with the same or better mechanical characteristics.Overview of the advantages of LEO in the construction sector:
- Maximum design freedom for curved designs, such as for bridge or facade elements.
- Space-saving wall or ceiling elements made possible due to significantly lower material thickness in the interior.
- Components manufactured from composite materials require significantly less maintenance and are more resistant to corrosion than components made of steel or aluminum.
- LEO meets the highest fire protection requirements according to DIN EN 13501 (B, s2-d0), DIN 4102-1 and ASTM E-84 (Class A / 1).
- Everything from a single source: LEO is a perfectly coordinated system of non-crimp fabric, optional core material, resin, and fire protection coating. On request, we even manufacture customized components. Our clients can then concentrate on their core competence: architecture.
An impressive example that emphasizes the high degree of design freedom for architects and designers of composites in the construction industry is the roof of the “Pavilion of Inspirations” – a project by the world-famous architect’s group FOSTER + PARTNERS in Madrid – which was built using SAERTEX LEO.