Composite panels are sandwich structures that consist of multiple layers bonded together to create multilayer sheets, cored laminates or industrial structural panels. They are made from a variety of metal, plastic, wood, ceramic, glass and fiber-based composite materials. Panels and panel materials carry product specifications such as height, density, compressive strength, tensile strength, shear strength, shear modulus, flexural strength, flexural modulus, water absorption, and R-value. Panels...
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Q & A on Composite Panels

We asked our users for their input on Composite Panels. Here are the results of 55 users familiar with Composite Panels.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing composite panel design?
10 answers
Answers:
Technical development of rigid polyurethane foams and contributing to reduced emission of greenhouse gases.
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg
Paint finishes simulating stone or wood. Exotic metal veneers.
~Engineering, Process/Production, London, Canada
Pultrusion techniques, fiber technology, FEA design analysis.
~Ralph G, General Management, West Hartford, CT
Fire Rated Core Panels, AAMA 50-07 testing.
~Project Management, London, Canada
Core materials, new generation concrete.
~Manufacturing, Cape Town, South Africa
Aerogel and low density materials.
~Engineering, Consulting, Middleboro, MA
Resin Infusion
~Engineering, Design, Bandung, Indonesia
Easy installation of panels in a new method and new technology to be developed more how to use electrical conduits in panels for wiring whole building inner of composite panels.
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
Growing concern for deteriorating environment. Poor people without house dies in in my country.
~Ramesh B, Manufacturer, Calicut, India
Colour and shape
~Benjamin Foo, Marketing/Sales, B S Begawan, Brunei

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative composite panels?
9 answers
Answers:
Strongwell, Inline Fiberglass (Canada)
~Ralph G, General Management, West Hartford, CT
Alpolic and Alucobond have interesting new finishes.
~Engineering, Process/Production, London, Canada
Alcotex Inc.
~Project Management, London, Canada
Many companies offering quality products....depends on the particular project, funding, availability etc...
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg
I can't judge this, but most of the companies are making good composite panels as per requirements of clients or consumers.
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
Aircraft Industry, Ship Builder, Studio Design
~Engineering, Design, Bandung, Indonesia
Alucobond
~Benjamin Foo, Marketing/Sales, B S Begawan, Brunei
CCV Inc.
~Engineering, Consulting, Middleboro, MA
Newwall
~Manufacturing, Cape Town, South Africa

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used composite panels for?
12 answers
Answers:
Permanent formwork for patented concrete and steel monolithic structures designed for infrastructure applications such as box culverts, levees, pier and bridge decks, coastal erosion protections, and other in the water applications.
~Ralph G, General Management, West Hartford, CT
Hovercraft (hull, floor, wall, and wheel house), Water Slides Reinforcement, Compartment Flight Simulator, etc...
~Engineering, Design, Bandung, Indonesia
Used in building modular building of office blocks used in Petroleum retail outlets for client SHELL.
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
EPS cement light weight cored doors and wall panels.(only samples) no fine mix. incorporating treated(washed to reduce sugar)sawdust to it.like that. I can make best foam cement. foam generator ,etc. want to contribute something.
~Ramesh B, Manufacturer, Calicut, India
Internal & external walls for Houses, offices, schools etc...
~Manufacturing, Cape Town, South Africa
Race car instrument panels, and aerodynamic devices.
~Engineering, Design, Zion, IL
Accommodation, workshop and storage modules.
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg
Walls, furniture, Skylights, partitions.
~Carlos R, Architect, Williamsburg, VA
Exterior wall systems.
~Project Management, London, Canada
Battery Enclosures.
~Engineering, Consulting, Middleboro, MA
Building facades.
~Engineering, Process/Production, London, Canada
Wall cladding.
~Benjamin Foo, Marketing/Sales, B S Begawan, Brunei

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that composite panels have been used for.
5 answers
Answers:
Composite panels can be used in exterior of building as well for elevation outlook with customized design and furniture as well.
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
Temporary Kit Direction, Water Treatment, Pools, Toilet,
~Engineering, Design, Bandung, Indonesia
Battery box walls & supports
~Engineering, Consulting, Middleboro, MA
Roof without secondary metal roofing where sealant is applied.leaks !
~Benjamin Foo, Marketing/Sales, B S Begawan, Brunei
Nothing particularly springs to mind, versatile products ensure that 'ad-hoc' applications are possible.
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of composite panels?
4 answers
Answers:
We used panels that were not completely acid-proof for battery enclosures (but according to the manufacturer, they were).
~Engineering, Consulting, Middleboro, MA
Life of composite panel ends soon and investment done in that will be a total loss and may lead to some accidents because of improper usage of composite panels.
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
Using panel as roof and usually leak.
~Benjamin Foo, Marketing/Sales, B S Begawan, Brunei
Do not take shortcuts on fixings
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
7 answers
Answers:
Increases in production speeds, improved die production techniques, new polymers and fibers, lower costs.
~Ralph G, General Management, West Hartford, CT
Water Slides Structure, Hovercraft, Dome, Compartment, Space system, Master model.
~Engineering, Design, Bandung, Indonesia
Composite panel with internal conduit designing for electrical routing.
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
Ultra lightweight materials, very flexible.
~Engineering, Consulting, Middleboro, MA
Most applications are already provided.
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg
Exterior doors and windows.
~Carlos R, Architect, Williamsburg, VA
Curved panel.
~Benjamin Foo, Marketing/Sales, B S Begawan, Brunei

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of composite panels?
4 answers
Answers:
Know your economic targets for the applications your are considering, be aware of potential roadblocks due to governmental regulations and red tape affecting perceived radical designs, tests and more tests.
~Ralph G, General Management, West Hartford, CT
Use the composite panels which suits your weather and your expected usage life.
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
Never use as roof.
~Benjamin Foo, Marketing/Sales, B S Begawan, Brunei
Take references from other users.
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using composite panels?
4 answers
Answers:
Check the strength of composite panel and capacity to take vertical load if you'd like to hang some heavy objects on walls...
~Mohammad Ali, Design Engineer, Bangalore, India
Make sure your panel is resistant to any materials that it could possibly be exposed to..
~Engineering, Consulting, Middleboro, MA
Know your suppliers; tests and more tests,
~Ralph G, General Management, West Hartford, CT
Cheapest is not always the best policy!
~George B, Technical Officer, Luxembourg


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