GRP and Buildings. A Design Guide for Architects and by Alec Leggatt

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The consequent saving in total length of jointing would be well worth achieving. Such a design decision would not prevent the manufacture of smaller units comprising a smaller number or even a single module. With a little ingenuity the mould designer can arrange for detailed adaptations to the mould so that it can be used for casting a smaller or larger number of modules in one unit. 1. 1. Some unit sizes Project Panel type Max. 2 m Remarks Conforms with structural module Full building height Full structural roof span Constrained by shipping container All GRP units need to be carefully handled at all stages - in the factory during transport and particularly during site erection.

2 Sprayed layup The sprayed layup technique is in many respects similar to the hand wet layup process just described. The release agent is applied in the same way and similarly the gelcoat may be brushed or sprayed on. The main laminate, instead of being laid up by hand is sprayed on. 6 Spraying resin and glass on to mould. Resin supply at bottom left. Coil of continuous glass filament centre left applicator can be used with resin only to wet a mat or fabric which has been hand placed; alternatively it can be used to apply resin and chopped fibres simultaneously at the appropriate resin/glass ratio.

11 Natural ventilation. Airways can be created through a GRP unit so as to provide natural ventilation in harmony with the visual design of the building. As separate ventilation units are rendered unnecessary, it is possible to disseminate the air inlet or outlet appertures throughout the total design. 1 GRP roof unit incorporating rain water run-off and, through translucent panels on right, natural lighting (Morpeth School, London) register plates can be installed on the internal surfaces of the finished unit.

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