ABOUT SOLUS® ARCHITECTURAL FABRICS
Solus® Architectural Fabrics
Built on forty years of advanced composite material technology, Solus® Architectural Fabrics allow architects and engineers to incorporate more sophisticated forms into their designs. These "soft" forms provide a welcome contrast to the often rigid shapes dictated by standard building materials.
Solus® architectural fabrics are made of PTFE coated glass fabric. The fuoropolymer PTFE is the most durable fabric coating available. The PTFE is applied equally to both sides of the glass fabric. This encapsulates the glass fibers and protects them from potential degradation due to moisture influx.
Structures incorporating Solus® Architectural Fabrics are strong, beautiful and enduring. They require very little maintenance and will continue to outperfom all other glazing systems over their 25+ year life.
PTFE & Filler
Each PTFE+Filler layer consists of multiple built-up layers of PTFE dispersions. The PTFE has exceptional properties: resistance to most harsh chemicals, very low coefficient of friction, non stick, non flammable, excellent dielectric properties, resistance to ageing, non toxic, UV resistant, and moisture resistant . These layers of PTFE provide long term protection from all potential environmental degradation. Different types of fillers can be combined with the PTFE in order to obtain additional features like abrasion resistance, improved translucency or specific colors.
The topcoat consists of an FEPlayer to enhance impermeability, fungal resistance and weldability.
The base coat is a critical part of the composite structure. It provides a solid anchoring to the glass fabric and is the base layer to the PTFE coats that will come on top. It also determines the flexibility characteristics of the finished coated product. Depending on the expected properties, different formulations can be used.
The glass fabric is the “skeleton” of the composite and provides the mechanical properties of the finished coated product. Glass fabrics have very interesting characteristics:
High Tensile Strength: Glass is one of the strongest textile fibres, having greater specific tensile strength than steel wire of the same diameter, at a lower weight.
1. Dimensional Stability: Low elongation under load, generally 3% or less. Glass fibres produce fabrics with excellent dimensional stability under various types of conditions.
2. High Heat Resistance: Glass fabrics have excellent heat resistance at relatively low cost. They retain approximately 50% of room temperature tensile strength at 700°F (371°C); approximately 25% at 900°F (482°C); with a softening point of 1555°F (846°C) and a melting point of 2075° F (1121 °C).
3. Fire Resistance: Composed of inorganic materials, glass fabrics are non combustible, a natural choice where flammability is of concern.
4. Good Chemical Resistance: Like glass itself, glass fibre fabrics are highly resistant to attack by most chemicals.
5. Durability: Being inert, glass fabrics are unaffected by sunlight, fungus or bacteria.
A particular type of glass filament is mainly used for the weaving of architectural fabrics used in big tensile structures. It is a continuous filament with a constant diameter of 3 micron. Only very few companies around the world are able to produce this type of filament at the level of quality requested by Taconic. This type of filament provides great flexibility and strength to the woven glass fabric. Depending on the application (inside, or outside, decorative or structural fabric) and the stress factor applied to the fabric, many different weave patterns can be used.
The multiple layers comprising the Solus Architectural Fabrics create unique propertiesLightweight
Only a fraction of the weight of traditional building materials.
Glass is one of the strongest textile fibres, having greater specific strength than steel wire of the same diameter.
Unlike most rigid building materials, the flexibility of Solus products allows them to be tensioned into dynamic curvalinear shapes.
Allows for soft diffused lighting that evenly distributes light over interior or exterior surfaces.
Minimal cleaning is required over the life of the fabric. Due to its non-stick surface, rain washes dirt off the fabric surface.
Totally inert surface
The toughest environments will have no effect on the fabric surface: fungus & acid rain.
Individual fabric panels are welded together to create large monolithic roof surfaces.
There is only minimal degradation to the PTFE coated glass composite over its life. Today, Solus Fabrics can be expected to perform for more that 25 years.
Solus Fabrics have achieved a Class A fire rating while still maintaining high translucency.
Taconic Architectural Fabric Used in Kota Samarahan Mosque
Solus® fabric was selected to create a striking, clear span, tensioned membrane roof for the District Mosque in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Kota Samarahan a city located in the province of Sarawak in the northern part of Borneo Island, known for its harsh environment.
During the day, the 7,000 sqm of Solus® Fabric allow soft diffused lighting to be transmitted into the building interior.
KThe District Mosque in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak is the first mosque in the world with a roof entirely made of PTFE coated glass fabric.
Taconic Architectural Fabric Used in Skyscape London
"Unique characteristics and major innovations in the field of tensioned fabric structures ensure Britain’s biggest theatre and concert venue stands well apart from all other entertainment centers." (Landrell)
Located next to London’s Millennium Dome, the Skyscape is a 120m by 53m single storey portal framed building, designed to conform with the building requirement for permanent structures. It houses two 2500 seat daytime cinemas that convert into a single live concert venue at night. Its enormous clear span membrane roof provides uninterrupted spaces measuring 200ft square formed in dramatic arched valleys.
A unique feature of Skyscape is the new Solus 1200 SB (silver/black), developed in conjunction with Landrell Fabric Engineering. Its exterior coating is silver PTFE while its inner coating is black PTFE. This provides the necessary black-out environment for a theatre venue while the silver exterior provides a striking appearance which emphasizes the drama of the building’s function. It also enables spectacular night time lighting effects to be more effectively incorporated.
With a potential lifetime of 25 years plus due to the use of Solus PTFE coated glass fabric, Skyscape’s innovative tensioned fabric structure will host many of the world’s musical superstars during London’s Millennium celebrations.
Taconic Architectural Fabric Used in Mina Tent City
" The largest membrane project in the world"
Every year, more than Two million pilgrims perform the Hajj, the pilgrimage to the Holy Mosque in Makkah. The Mina Valley is one of the Hajj stations and hosts the pilgrims for three days and nights.
During the 1997 Hajj season a disastrous fire destroyed tens of thousands of cotton tents. The Saudi Authorities decided to re-build this vast city of tents by installing 40,000 durable fireproof tents. The only fabric that met these requirements was PTFE coated fiberglass.
Taconic's Solus 1420 fabric was selected after a worldwide competition for the first phase of this project.
Taconic Architectural Fabric Used in British Racing Driver's Club
The landmark British Racing Drivers' Clubhouse in the heart of Silverstone Formula 1 circuit was completed in May 2000 for the Grand Prix .
Consistency in mechanical properties and color bleaching was of utmost importance for this arch-supported membrane roof. Solus 1120 was used to fulfill all of these requirements.