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05-31-2017

JEC Awards Innovators in Building & Construction

Composites use in building and construction will be highlighted at JEC Group's newest event dedicated to this specific branch of the composites industry next month in Chicago, IL, USA. Following its strategy to address every composites end-user, the JEC Group called for submissions for their Innovation Awards to promote the growing use of composites as a construction material.

Winner "Design": This innovative solution concerns a composite that is forming the finished inner and outer surfaces as well as the primary structure of a roof. The composite roof replaced nearly all the supporting steelwork with a self-supporting very thick FRP/foam cored sandwich structure (© JEC)

Winner "Design": This innovative solution concerns a composite that is forming the finished inner and outer surfaces as well as the primary structure of a roof. The composite roof replaced nearly all the supporting steelwork with a self-supporting very thick FRP/foam cored sandwich structure (© JEC)

If the majority of submissions relied on glass fibers, which is common in the construction field, the organizers saw an increased interest in carbon fibers, especially for structural applications. And similarly to all sectors of the composite industry, thermoplastics are gaining in importance in construction.

Premier Composites have developed a solution where a relatively thin layer of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) can be utilized as an in-mould finish for FRP panels. This enables the use of UHPC on structural FRP sandwich panels (© JEC)

The JEC Innovation Awards Chicago 2017 ceremony will take place at McCormick Place, Chicago, on June 20, 2017, and the six winners are:

  • Building – Owens Corning, France: GFRP for Urban Renewal Challenge
  • Civil Engineering – Biteam, Sweden: Highly Integrated Ductile Reinforced Carbon Composite I-Beam
  • Structural Cladding – Premier Composite Technologies, United Arab Emirates: Structural FRP Composite Panel with Moulded Ultra-High Performance Concrete Finish
  • Repair – DowAksa Advanced Composites, Turkey: Full-Scale Site Testing of Seismic Retrofit
  • Design – Optima Projects Ltd,United Kingdom: Free-Form Structural FRP Roof without Moulds
  • Energy – Armageddon Energy, United States: SolarClover Advanced Solar Panels
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