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Research and Development

As part of Vector Foiltec's philosophy of innovation and product development, we have support a number of ongoing research projects around the world. Our collective experience represents the most comprehensive schedule of research on ETFE cladding available. This is just part of the expertise that we offer our clients. 



General
Outline Design Guidance

Brochure

Hoescht Plastics Sales information (VM 417) for Hostaflon ET(ETFE FOIL)

Duponts sales information for Tefzel (ETFE FOIL)

University of Bath Test Programme

"Acceptability of ET Hostaflon Film for use in Buildings" Institut fur Bautechnik building regulation approval Z-10.5-91

Amtliche Materialprofanstalt prufungszeugnis approval for ETFE Foil

Amtliche Materialprofanstalt prufungszeugnis approval for Cushion construction

Texlon© Brochure / info films of tefzel etfe - Dupont electronics

ETFE Foil Cushions as an alternative to Glass for Atriums and roof lights

Paper by Buro Happold Facade engineering for the CWCT

Technical appraisal of ETFE as an alternative to glass RIBA Journal 1997

ETFE Fabrics - technical summary

ETFE Technical Appraisal study for Railtrack PLC

Dupont Tefzel Properties handbook

ETFE general article - Building 26 May 2000

ETFE Foil Cushions as an alternative to glass roofs and atria by Buro Happold 
Document 1: General Guide 
Document 2: Detailed Materials Investigation
Document 3: Buildings In Use
Document 4: Design Guide 



Fire 

ETFE Foil : Performance under fire conditions

Hoescht Data Sheet VM 465 (Fluoro polymers and fire Q+A sheet)

DIN 4102 -B1 Test certificates, Fire test Reports and translation

Warrington Research Centre Report No 38962 & No 38630

Warrington Research Centre Report No 38345

Brandschutz Service Report No TR 02 85 and translation

Brandschutz Service Report No TR 05 86

Crafer Associates: Hostaflon used as a canopy

Crafer Associates: ASTM E108 Fire tests

French Drip off test according to NF P 92-505 classified as M2 (no limitations use)

Austrian Prufzeugnis BV-Zahl 3402/93 Fire test classified B1

Swiss fire test VKF classified as Brandkennziffer 5.3

Danish Fire test SAG : F 7712 Classified as Class A

Australian Fire Test AS1530.3

Material Test specification Nr ATS - 1000.001? Aviation industry test to determine toxicity of fumes produced in aircraft fire. 
Material classified as acceptable for use in Air bus 
See also:

Hoescht Data sheet VM 417 item 1.2

Duponts data sheet 


Light Transmission/Properties

Pilkingtons Optoelectronic Technology report

Light transmission of foil with a dot matrix

UV transmission for Tefzel ( ETFE Foil )

UV transmission for Hostaflon ( ETFE Foil )

Determination of photometric and radiometric parameter according to DIN EN 410 for a foil cushion with external solar shading

Determination of photometric and radiometric parameters according to DIN EN 410 for a foil cushion with sun protection

Solar transmission of Texlon©

Transmission dot matrix - white white white - white clear white ? white clear clear

Optical Properties of ETFE Foil - Oxford Brookes University

Hoechst light transmission data

Optical Properties of VSP Foils by the Solar Energy Material Research Laboratory Oxford 
See also:

Hoescht Data sheet item 
1.9.1 Light transmission as a function of wavelength
1.9.2 Light transmission as a function of thickness
1.9.3 Radiation transmission of Hostaflon
1.9.4 Refractive Index
Dupont data sheet:
3.1 Absorbtion spectrum for Tefzel ETFE Film


Thermal Transmission

K-Wert-Berechnung nach DIN 4108 ( U Value calculations )

Dynamic Thermal calculations ( U Value equivalent calculations, - a calculation used for evaluating the U
Value of a transparent material taking into consideration solar energy gains )

U Value measurements for 2, 3, 4, 5 layer foil cushions

Report on radiant heat transfer through perimeter extrusions

eport on heat transfer through perimeter extrusions

Hot Box analysis of Texlon©

Finite Element Analysis of Texlon© Cushions ( BH )

Thermal resistance and heat transition coefficient of a foil cushion

Thermal resistance and heat transition coefficient of two air cushions

Calculation of the heat transmission coefficient of roof profiles of a foil roof

BDSP Treasury Report


Acoustic Transmission

Test results to DIN 52210 ( Airborne Sound insulation)

Acoustic evaluation and testing of a cushion : van dosser bv

Acoustic evaluation of a ETFE Foil Cushions roof for a swimming pool

Acoustic evaluation by the Walker-Beak-Mason Partnership

Acoustic performance of a Foil Cushion Roof- Buro Happold

Acoustic performance of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital


Weather Resistance

Test results for 10 year outdoor exposure in South Germany

Test results for 10 year outdoor exposure in Arizona

Test Results for 15 year outdoor exposure in Florida for Tefzel (ETFE) measured by Film-m Asahi Glass America Ltd

Test results for Hostaflon ET ( ETFE ) from Hoescht

Test results for 20 year outdoor exposure in Florida for FEP films

Test Results for 20 year outdoor exposure and tensile strength tests for FEP films

DSET test results for ongoing external cushions testing in Miami

Swiss EMPA 105/ 341 Test for Hail
   See also:

Bath University test programme item:

2.4 Effect of U.V. radiation

Hoescht data sheet VM 417 item
1.6.1 Xenotest 150/ Hanau system 10,000hours
1.6.1 Site testing in Arizona
1.6.1 Site testing in Bombay
1.7 Gas and water vapour permeability
1.8 Resistance to radiation
Dupont Data sheet


Strength and Loading Tests

Stress strain curves for ETFE - Mike Barnes at City University

Mechanical properties of ETFE at 23°C and 50°C

Stress strain curves for transverse and longitudinal orientation at 23°C and 50°C

Long term elastic behaviour of ETFE Foil

Novofol; strength data on 50,100,150,200 micron foil samples

MBB Load tests perimeter loads as a function of pressure

Gorge Grotkop drop load tests (75kg from 5m drop load test)

Sheppard Robson loading tests 1100Pa loading test at 20°C
600 Pa loading test at 48°C
1000 Pa inflation tests

Keder edge load tests ascertaining effect of damage on load capacity

Test certificate No 841.133 for ETFE Foil welding

Research paper into the use of Nickel steel in a chlorinated atmosphere

Test certificate for Stainless steel cable net

500 Pressure test on EPDM Seals

Instrom Tests

Environmental Instrom testing

Load unload testing

Double keder load tests

Weld temperature testing

Load tests on 11m cushions

Suction testing on load sharing foil

Biaxial short term load tests

Extrusion pull out tests

Mechanical Behaviour of Polymers

Shear tests on Tec screws

Explosion Range Testing GDA for HM treasury


Environmental Analysis

BRE initial study

Dyneon study and translation

VSP Environmental Statement

ETFE Soiling cycle for brake dust

OAP R&D Paper Environmental impact of ETFE Foil

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