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Fiber Materials for Architecture

Fiber Materials for Architecture

Fiber materials used in the field of architecture have the advantages of light weight, high tensile strength, high elongation, good resilience, and heat insulation. Alfa Chemistry provides customers fiber solutions for architecture industry, according to techno-economic requirements or considerations.


The construction industry's requirements for the durability, low maintenance, and designability of building materials continue to rise, which has gradually increased the popularity of composite materials in the construction industry. Among them, fiber composites stand out in the field of construction, thanks to their design flexibility and aesthetics, high specific strength and specific stiffness, good fatigue resistance, chemical resistance, seismic performance, and overload safety.

Specific Applications

  • Fiber Reinforced Concrete
    Fiber-reinforced concrete is a product that emerged during the innovation process of concrete. Steel fiber, glass fiber, carbon fiber, aramid fiber, etc. are used as reinforcing materials. The performance of the fiber itself, such as strength, modulus, breaking length, etc., and the spatial structure and volume content of the fiber in the material determine the performance of concrete. The impermeability, frost resistance, impact resistance, ductility, wear resistance, etc. of concrete can be improved by adding synthetic fibers. Because of the ease of construction, easy operation and moderate price, the method has been widely used in the architecture field.
  • FRP Composite Material
    Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) is made of glass fiber, carbon fiber and aramid fiber, etc., glued with base materials such as polyethylene resin, epoxy resin, etc., and then extruded and drawn through a special mold. Different fibers have different chemical compositions, and their mechanical properties vary greatly, and the corresponding fiber-reinforced plastic also exhibits very different physical and mechanical properties.

Typical Fibers

  • Glass Fiber
    At present, glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) is the most widely used composite material, which uses thermosetting or thermoplastic resin as matrix material. The advantages of glass fiber as a reinforcing material lie in its high temperature resistance (up to 300 °C), high tensile strength (6.3~6.9 g/d under standard conditions), good electrical insulation (as heat insulation material and fire shielding material), good sound insulation and low cost.
  • Carbon Fiber
    Carbon fiber has revolutionized the field of architectural engineering and design. As a material capable of twisting into infinite geometries, its infinite flexibility, strength and beauty in the high-performance realm make carbon fiber a material of choice with minimal constraints. In addition, some building components with insufficient bearing capacity can be reinforced to meet the load requirements by using carbon fiber composite materials. However, the price and cost of carbon fiber composite materials is relatively high, and its acceptance in the construction industry is relatively lower than that in industries such as automobiles and aviation.

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