23/05/2016 — auf Deutsch lesen
Mtex: Shines like gold and ultra-safe
May 2016 — Decorative structural elements, that are made from basalt textiles incorporated in safety glass, create unconventional shades from gold to bronze which vary depending on the incidence of light.
“These non-flammable structural elements can withstand large fluctuations in temperature. They are colourfast, have high mechanical strength, do not absorb moisture and do not corrode,” explains network manager Torsten Bäz from the Forum Technologie & Wirtschaft e. V. (FuW) in Hohenstein-Ernstthal (Saxony): “The parts are suitable for bridge railings, building façades, bus shelters and other street furniture; they can also be used in creative interior design in properties of all kinds. We’re currently working on burglar-proof structural elements within this category.” Basalt fibres are gained from a 1,450°C melt. They can withstand temperatures of up to 800°C, they are ultra-strong, flexible, non-toxic and resistant to chemicals and UV rays. The natural mineral fibres serve, among others, as a base material for yarns, rovings, nonwovens, textiles, knitted fabrics and composites. www.bafanet.com