Composite Materials in Building

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Composite Materials in
Building and Construction
Applications

Presented at:
ACMA’s CORROSION, MINING, INFRASTRUCTURE & ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE
May 15, 2013 - Denver, CO

Course Description
Composites have been used extensively in industries such as marine and transportation for more than 50 years. Yet in some industries composites are just now becoming a primary material of choice.
The use of composites in the building industry is growing rapidly.
Traditional benefits offered by composites are being recognized and utilized to address design limitations and can be used to reduce life cycle environmental and cost impacts.

Learning Objectives
• Define ‘Composite Materials’ and learn the history of composites in multiple industries and the factors that led the growth of composites in these industries.
• Identify the design and performance attributes of composites used in other industries that are applicable to the building / construction market. • Review case studies that demonstrate how the inherent attributes of composites such as low weight, durability and low thermal conductivity, result in environmental and cost effective material options.
• Explore web based education tools that offer case studies on the use of composites in construction and allow users to connect with composite fabricators that specialize in design, fabrication and installation of composite building materials.

What is a Composite?

Composite
An engineered combination of materials that result in a finished material with better overall properties than the starting constituents.
At a microscopic level, the constituent materials remain distinct within the finished structure.

“Traditional” Composites
Wood is a natural composite of cellulose fibers in a lignin matrix.
Engineered wood is wood fibers, strands or veneers bound using
adhesives.…...

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