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How Textile Composites are Changing Architecture

Posted by Craig Barry on Oct 12, 2017 9:03:00 AM


Textile composites offer myriad benefits to the building and construction industry and thus, to architects. In addition to acting as a barrier against heat and moisture, textile membranes made of glass fiber reinforced polymers provide structural stability and resistance against environmental threats.

How are architects utilizing advancements in textile composite materials such as those produced by B&W Fiberglass?

Reinforcement Via Textile Composites

Architecture is one of the fastest-growing industries for composite consumption. Composite textiles allow architects to push the limits of the discipline, offering unparalleled flexibility regarding aesthetics, durability, and mechanical stability. Composite textiles are known for their ability to withstand extreme forces (such as the blast winds of a helicopter) and the forces of water (such as water pressure coursing through a largescale waterfall structure.)

Fiber-Reinforced “Skins”

One of the primary reasons GFRP textiles are so popular among architects is their malleability. When phenolic skins are topped with a layer(s) of fiber-reinforcement, their strength and durability are exponentially multiplied. These skins can be used to enhance hundreds of architectural structures such as columns, walls, and even roofs. They require fewer joints and are thus more aesthetically pleasing than traditional wood or metal reinforcements and are also up to 50% lighter.

Opening Design Possibilities

The value-adds of fiber-reinforced composite textiles allow for architects to stretch their creativity. Because they do not conduct heat or corrode, textile composites can replace traditionally “unsightly” support systems such as gutters or electrical piping. There’s also a clear area of symbiosis between architects and composite manufacturers within the “green” space. Because composites are so lightweight, their distribution and installation are better for the environment than that of conventional materials. As a building material, composite textiles are currently one of the most sustainable in all of architecture.

So, what can textile composites do? B&W Fiberglass has produced glass fiber composite textiles for hundreds of architectural applications. We’ve seen visionaries use textile composites to do everything from produce large-scale art installations to building entire sports stadiums. As a material, textile composites offer unparalleled malleability, customizability, and sustainability.

Do you have questions about the capabilities of these revolutionary materials? Want to know more about glass fiber’s role in the advancement of structural textiles? B&W Fiberglass is a leading name in the glass fiber space, but we do more than simply produce fiberglass…we offer solutions.

Give our team a call today to talk further.



Topics: Textile Composites, Architecture