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Lightweight composite with free form shapes and dynamic curvature revolutionizes the architectural landscape in the Middle East and beyond
Affan Innovative Structures LLC has developed a flexible, lightweight composite solution for its innovative architectural structures by combining carbon fibre with epoxy infusion systems from The Dow Chemical Company. Prestigious projects such as the notable Sidra Hospital in Qatar (see picture) and the ultra-modern Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi benefit from this exciting innovation.VoraforceTM TF epoxy systems from Dow have been developed specifically for the infusion process. Offering very low viscosity and low exothermicity, the systems allow for optimal fibre wetting and efficient processing. Due to its superior final properties, including exceptional lightweight and stiffness, the composite can enable free form shapes and dynamic curvature as typical for Affan’s structures.Dr. Amer Affan, founder and managing partner of Affan, is delighted that the joint work with Dow has led to the development of the quality products that are essential components of Affan’s composite elements and have provided the technology for Affan to deliver revolutionary designs and structures on a large scale.“At Affan, I believe that composite technology will be the new frontier of architectural design and engineering. It will offer architects the opportunity to realize structures and design projects that previously wouldn’t have been possible with traditional methods. As a structural engineer but also as a designer I am constantly looking for unique solutions, and with carbon composites and Dow’s systems I believe I have the innovation that will be the key for tomorrow’s architectural challenges.”About Affan Innovative Structures LLC:Affan Innovative Structures LLC was founded in 2004 by Dr. Amer Affan to provide solutions for construction projects that required a high degree of design and engineering in the field of steel and glass. The Company based in Dubai has a strong technical base and is currently developing a state of the art production facility, specifically designed for the production of steel and composite technologies in Dubai Investment Park. The company has a strong order book, currently delivering large projects in UAE, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.About Dow Formulated Systems:Dow Formulated Systems, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), develops and markets fully-formulated polyurethane and epoxy systems. With tailor-made solutions it serves customers in a variety of industries to realize applications ranging from residential and commercial construction, infrastructure repair, and wind energy solutions, furniture, and shoe soles to decorative molding and athletic equipment. Striving to meet the specific needs of its customers in their local geographic regions, Dow Formulated Systems operates a global network of 30 systems houses and innovation centers.About Dow:Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information:www.affan-uae.com - www.dow.comBooth P14