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Review on the use of FRP Composites for Facades and Building Skins

Chiara Bedon1
  • 1 University of Trieste, Italy
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 9 No. 3, 2016, 713-723

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2016.713.723

Submitted On: 24 August 2016 Published On: 29 September 2016

How to Cite: Bedon, C. (2016). Review on the use of FRP Composites for Facades and Building Skins. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 9(3), 713-723. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2016.713.723

Abstract

Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites represent a class of materials typically able to offer excellent mechanical, thermal and insulation properties, taking advantage of a combination of their constitutive fibers and polymers. Due to their intrinsic lightweight properties, FRP composites are in use for aerospace, automotive, marine industries and ballistic armor since several decades. Only in a subsequent phase, i.e. since the late 1990s, FRP composites found application in civil engineering constructions, including both building systems and infrastructures, for retrofitting purposes in existing structural systems, as well as for pure architectural or structural purposes in novel assemblies. This review paper aims to highlight the most recent applications of FRPs in facades and building skins, with careful attention for case studies and novel design concepts.

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Keywords

  • Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites
  • FRP Façades
  • Façade Retrofitting
  • Adaptive Facades
  • Shading Systems