Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 1(3), pp. 88 - 95
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2013.010305
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Composite Materials for Next Generation Building Façade Systems

Q. Nguyen, T. Ngo, P. Mendis, P. Tran*
Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia


Composite materials, such as glass fibre reinforced polymers (GFRPs), possess the advantages of high strength and stiffness, low density, as well as manufacturing flexibility; therefore, their potential in replacing conventional materials (such as concrete, aluminium and steel) in building construction has become attractive. One of the major issues that hinder the extensive use of composite structures in high-rise building technology is related to their fire resistance performance. Significant efforts have been devoted to develop better material systems and composite manufacturing technologies to comply with various building construction safety codes, while maintaining the architectural aesthetic appeal. This paper presents the potential use of fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRPCs) in modern façade systems, with a special focus on their fire performance. A case study relating to the fire performance of glass fibre reinforced polymers is also presented. This case study is based on the numerical model established for glass fibre reinforced polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy and phenol without flame retardants.

Fire Performance, Composite Materials, Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer, Fire Safety, Building Construction

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Q. Nguyen , T. Ngo , P. Mendis , P. Tran , "Composite Materials for Next Generation Building Façade Systems," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 88 - 95, 2013. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2013.010305.

(b). APA Format:
Q. Nguyen , T. Ngo , P. Mendis , P. Tran (2013). Composite Materials for Next Generation Building Façade Systems. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 1(3), 88 - 95. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2013.010305.