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Architectural

For much of its history, Taconic has been providing PTFE coated glass fabrics for unique, innovative architectural structures.
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 fluoropolymer PTFE is the most durable fabric coating available. The PTFE is applied equally to both sides of the glass fabric. This encapsulates the glass fibres 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 outperform all other glazing systems over their 25+ year life.
Taconic fabrics are designed to provide lightweight, convenient, fireproof, and beautiful alternatives to traditional architectural materials. The use of our products from our Solus™ range allows superior heat and cold resistance and a smooth, waterproof surface for numerous architectural applications such as skylight systems, roof systems, canopies/walkways, freestanding structures, and interior shading and acoustical systems.
Well known installations include the Pilgrim's Accommodation Project in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the Baby Dome in London, England. More recent projects can be seen at the Kimje Market Arcade, the Gyodong Market and the Guri Durea Church all in Korea.
Fabric Features:
The multiple layers comprising the Solus Architectural Fabrics create unique properties:
• Lightweight: Only a fraction of the weight of traditional building materials.
• High strength: Glass is one of the strongest textile fibres, having greater specific strength than steel wire of the same diameter.
• Flexible: Unlike most rigid building materials, the flexibility of Solus™ products allows them to be tensioned into dynamic curvalinear shapes.
• Translucent: Allows for soft diffused lighting that evenly distributes light over interior or exterior surfaces.
• Low maintenance: Minimal cleaning is required over the life of the fabric. Due to its non-stick surface, rain washes dirt off the fabric surface while maintaining complete water tightness.
• Totally inert surface: The toughest environments will have no effect on the fabric surface: fungus, acid rains…
• Weldable: Individual fabric panels are welded together to create large monolithic roof surfaces. The strength of the welded seams are strong then fabric itself.
• Long life: 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.
• Fire performance: Solus Fabrics have achieved a Class A fire rating while still maintaining high translucency.

Topcoat:
The topcoat consists of an FEP layer to enhance impermeability, fungal resistance and weldability.
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, 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 colours.
Base coat:
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.
Glass fabric:
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.
. Dimensional Stability: Low elongation under load, generally 3% or less. Glass fibres produce fabrics with excellent dimensional stability under various types of conditions.
.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).
.Fire Resistance: Composed of inorganic materials, glass fabrics are non combustible, a natural choice where flammability is of concern.
. Good Chemical Resistance: Like glass itself, glass fibre fabrics are highly resistant to attack by most chemicals.
. 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 which are used in big tensile structures. Only very few companies have access to this “3 micron” 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.
Please contact us for further details of past projects or your specific requirements for future constructions.

Solus 400 SW L
Standard Width - Meters
Nominal Thickness
Weight g/m2
% coating
1.5m
0.220mm
400
48
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Solus 500 SG L
Standard Width - Meters
Nominal Thickness
Weight g/m2
% coating
1.5m
0.300mm
500
42
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Solus / Tacsol 1300
Standard Width - Meters
Nominal Thickness
Weight g/m2
% coating
2.5m
0.650mm
1335
61
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