Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP’s) may be an alternative for structural engineering constructions. Their small weight, their high strength and good thermal properties are quite attractive properties. Nevertheless, they are less rigid than steel and consequently a different design philosophy has to be followed. In order to encourage the use of composite materials in civil structural applications, MSA develops innovative architectural solutions and methodologies that optimize the use of GFRP’s in constructions. MSA participates also at scale:1 realisations
GFRP curtain wall
Given the new and future thermal building rules and standards, composite materials obviously have a major role to play. In 2012, MSA has participated in the design of a prototype curtain wall made of pultruded fiberglass. The COFAHE project was funded by ADEME, piloted by the CSTB, and integrated several industrial partners. A JEC Award was obtained for this innovation.
Elastic composite structures
The flexibility of GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics) is too often seen as a weakness, the flexibility of GFRP is instead a source of innovation. We work in two directions :
The flexible material in the service of structural rigidity
The shape for the optimization of the performance
Several structural principles are proposed for coverage type "grid shell" and footbridges composites.
Several prototypes have been studied and achieved since 2007. Among them, the most accomplished has been constructed in 2013 and was called ephemeral cathedral of Creteil. The design and the construction of this cathedral have been supervised by the design company T.E.S.S in collaboration with MSA.
In this field, the research works mainly deal with mechanical analysis and the meshing of complex shapes of this kind of structures.
Some illustrations and video...
The Cathédrale éphémère de Créteil (2013) Vidéo du montage
(Production : images d’écoutes, Réalisation : Denis Victot)
The "Forum", Solidays festival juin 2011 (video du montage ici )
Curtain wall COFAHE
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