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Metal-composite hybrid space frame structures

News International-French

16 Feb 2015

JEC Europe 2015 - Teufelberger will launch its latest fibre composite and metal-composite hybrid component developments at the JEC show in Paris, France, on March 10-12, 2015.

The highlights at Teufelberger's booth (S16, Hall 7.2) for this year's JEC are two large metal-composite hybrid space frame structures of 3 metres in length. The T-IGEL® connector forms the basis for the introduction of forces into the space frame's composite truss members. While weighing less than 65 kg in the case of the 4-belt vertical structure and 35 kg in the case of the 3-belt horizontal structure, the lattice masts are designed to bear working loads of several tons. It has been successfully proven that these hybrid metal-composite space frame structures can save more than 60% weight compared to conventional steel lattice masts, while keeping incremental lightweight costs in a range that legitimates their adoption in mainstream industrial applications. Thus, they are of particular interest for superstructures for the transport, mechanical engineering and tool making, cranes, wind power, marine and offshore segments.

Teufelberger will also showcase a prototype for a new type of pressure tank that also enables the transmission of transverse loads through a combination of braiding, fibre winding and the T-IGEL® connection technology. Such a functional integration is a great benefit to end users, particularly in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries.

Booth: S16