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Composite panels based on a glass foam core. The foamed material is lightweight, and is made tougher using a glass fibre reinforcement.
The foam is an extremely lightweight composite sheet, consisting of a base of phenol resin.
Various advantages are the low weight combined with high stiffness and hardness. The panels are water proof and resistant to detergents and light acids.
Further characteristics include being heat-resistant, non-flammable, self-extinguishing and with little smoke development. The panels can be sawn, cut, drilled and screwed through.
The panels are coated or finished with various materials, for example wood. The result is an odour- and taste-free, non-toxic panel which is easy to bond. The foam itself is also electrically insulating.
As high-strength panels, the material can be used for partitions, installations and cladding. The KuiperTec panel is intended for use as a bulkhead material. The panels can be joined with groove-and-tongue connections.
The panels are 2440 mm x 1220 mm across and measure 15 mm thick. At standard thickness, the panels come to 3 kg/m2, which is very light. The density is approximately 200 kg/m3.