JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 4

MOVING COMPOSITES FORWARD
Creating the interior of
" The most beautiful building in the world "
A product of architect Shaun Killa's imagination, the Museum of the
Future in Dubai opened its doors in February 2022 after six years
of construction. The elliptical shaped building is devoted to major
technological innovations. Described as the most 'beautiful building
in the world', with arabic calligraphy built into its external facade,
the museum's construction was only made possible by the inclusion
of composite materials. Philippe Marcovich, President of Sicomin,
the leading supplier of bio-based and fi re retardant epoxy resins,
tells us about the challenges that had to be addressed to create the
composite interior of this extraordinary build.
JEC Composites Magazine: From design to
the choice of materials, could we say that
the Museum of the Future in Dubai has
presented a number of challenges?
Philippe Marcovich: Th e Museum
of the Future interior project with
Advanced Fiberglass Industries (AFI) was
challenging but hugely rewarding. Aft er all,
it has created " Th e most beautiful building
in the world " , and that is never easy.
Th e most diffi cult requirement was the
ASTM E84 Class A fi re standard. Th e
authorities in Dubai requested multiple
consecutive Class A results to ensure the
materials were providing a consistent reaction
to fi re. As the project developed, AFI
were also asked to test the panel laminates
to the EN 13501-1 European standard.
Fortunately, Sicomin has been developing
and testing FR gelcoat and resin systems to
these standards for some years, so we were
confi dent that our materials were up to the
job. Another challenge from the client side
was the need to maintain very precise dimensions
for the unique moulded panels.
Because of the interior's double-curved
shape and intricate moulded calligraphy,
there was very litt le scope for adjustment
of the panel fi t and tight tolerances had to
be maintained.
Sicomin's SGi 128 intumescent FR gelcoat
comfortably achieved ASTM E84 Class A
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How do the composite materials that you
supplied make it possible to overcome the
constraints encountered?
P.M.: From the start, we were clear that
an epoxy solution was essential, with its
extremely low shrinkage allowing accurate
and consistent manufacturing to the designed
dimensions for the 3m x 3m panels.
Having made the decision to use epoxy,
the next step was to look at the fi re performance.
Our
intumescent FR gelcoat SGi 128,
chemically and mechanically bonded to
the SR 1122 FR epoxy resin laminate with
a carded glass woven fabric, provides outstanding
performance in a fi re scenario,
building up a thick char layer that insulates
and protects the laminate. SGi 128 and SR
1122 produced very litt le smoke and comfortably
achieved ASTM E84 Class A as
well as EN13501-1 B - s1 d0. An additional
bonus is that SGi 128 is bio-friendly too,
being formulated with over 30% carbon
from renewable sources.
Working with the team at AFI, we were
able to provide them with exactly the right
resin and hardener combinations for their
manufacturing target times and workshop
conditions.
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with
PHILIPPE MARCOVICH,
President
Sicomin
Can you sum up the scope of this project by
giving some noteworthy fi gures (e.g. number
of parts produced, dimensions, etc.)?
P.M.: While not the largest architectural
composite project built to date, the Museum
of the Future interior project is certainly
one of the most outstanding. Th e
torus-shaped Museum's double-curved
interior panels were all completely unique
and were decorated with a raised calligraphy
design featuring quotes from His
Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime
Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
AFI moulded approximately 230 panels,
which were typically around 3m x 3m
and produced using an adaptable mould
technology from Adapa. Th e Adapa technology
was a fi rst in Dubai - in addition
to allowing each unique panel shape to be
rapidly confi gured without the machining
of traditional moulds, the technology also
massively reduced the waste generated in
the moulding process, contributing to the
building's low carbon LEED platinum credentials.
How
did the collaboration with Advanced
Fiberglass Industries (AFI, Dubai) unfold,
and what expertise did Sicomin bring to
the table to implement this project?
P.M.: We met the AFI team at the
CompIC Middle East Conference in 2018.
Th e event was a great opportunity to reinforce
the strengths and benefi ts of our
epoxy systems and to really understand
the specifi c needs of the customer for this

JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022

Cover
Edito
Creating the interior of “The most beautiful building in the world”
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Agenda
Perspectives - Creating a forum to work together
Opening - New fibreglass factory in the heart of Central Asia
BUSINESS
Graphene - Effectiveness of graphene nano-platelets in composites
Carbon fibre - Sinopec intends to lead by example in China
Glass fibre - China promotes the use of glass fibre in construction
MANUFACTURING
Additive manufacturing - Towards a digital twin of UD tapes for automated fibre placement
Testing - Optical data rectification and ML-aided impedance analysis for quality assurance of carbon fibre
FEATURE AUTOMOTIVE: How are composites driving the future of automotive?
- Transportation - Thermoplastic composites: the path towards zero CO2 emissions in transport
- Compounding: Cutting-edge FDC technology reduces costs and CO2 emissions
- Pressure vessels: Enabling superior storage efficiency for Type 4 tanks with FPP dome reinforcements
- Battery: A new generation of battery packs with a recyclable epoxy SMC casing
- Lightweighting: Serial CFRTP structural part for BMW body-in-white application
- Natural fibre: Towards lightweight flax fibre-reinforced automotive headliners
SOLUTION
Sustainability - Upcycling gives a boost to coffee waste management
Defence - On field applications with composites
TECHNOLOGY
Ceramic: Cerapreg – a new concept for cost-effective reinforced ceramic composites
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Creating the interior of “The most beautiful building in the world”
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Perspectives - Creating a forum to work together
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Opening - New fibreglass factory in the heart of Central Asia
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 12
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Graphene - Effectiveness of graphene nano-platelets in composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 16
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Carbon fibre - Sinopec intends to lead by example in China
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 18
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 19
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Glass fibre - China promotes the use of glass fibre in construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 22
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Additive manufacturing - Towards a digital twin of UD tapes for automated fibre placement
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 24
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Testing - Optical data rectification and ML-aided impedance analysis for quality assurance of carbon fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 26
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 29
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - - Transportation - Thermoplastic composites: the path towards zero CO2 emissions in transport
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 31
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - - Compounding: Cutting-edge FDC technology reduces costs and CO2 emissions
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 34
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - - Pressure vessels: Enabling superior storage efficiency for Type 4 tanks with FPP dome reinforcements
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - - Battery: A new generation of battery packs with a recyclable epoxy SMC casing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 37
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - - Lightweighting: Serial CFRTP structural part for BMW body-in-white application
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 42
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - - Natural fibre: Towards lightweight flax fibre-reinforced automotive headliners
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 46
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Sustainability - Upcycling gives a boost to coffee waste management
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Defence - On field applications with composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #147 - September/October 2022 - Ceramic: Cerapreg – a new concept for cost-effective reinforced ceramic composites
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