COMPOSITESMANUFACTURINGMAGAZINE.COM, OCTOBER 2017: «FERRARI LAND THEME PARK FEATURES ATTRACTIONS MADE WITH COMPOSITES»
According to a press release from UK supplier Scott Bader, the recently-opened Ferrari Land theme park in Spain features two main attractions made with composites: the “Ferrari Experience” building and “Red Force,” which is now Europe’s tallest rollercoaster at over 112 meters tall.
Both constructions were fabricated using a combination of painted flat aluminium panels and more complex, curved FRP composite wall cladding and roofing sections. Altogether, the FRP composite parts supplied covered approximately 1.500 square meters installed on the exterior of the Ferrari Experience building and various sections of the Red Force rollercoaster ride.
A total of 800 individual FRP parts, ranging in sizes from 0.5 to 5.0 meters squared, were hand-layup molded by specialist architectural façades and parts fabricator Look Composites® at its factory in Alicante, Spain. All the molded FRP parts were supplied to the contractor ready for priming and painting. The buildings used both aluminum and FRP cladding panels, to ensure identical color matching of dissimilar material, all the sections were spray painted as a second stage by a specialist local company. The FRP composite panels supplied had to meet the Euroclass B, s2, d0 fire specification stipulated for the project.
“Past successes with a number of prestigious new build and refurbishment exterior cladding projects in Spain, where FR rated curved composite panels were specified, is the reason that Look Composites won this contract, offering a proven FR rated solution using an ATH filled laminate system with Scott Bader’s Crestapol® 1212 high-performance methacrylate-based resin,” said Scott Bader.
In order to meet the stringent EN 13501-1 ‘Euroclass’ B,s2,d0 fire performance rating stipulated, all of the FRP composite parts needed were custom molded by Look Composites using Crestapol 1212 resin with Alumina trihydrate (ATH) fire retardant filler.
The molding phase of the project took Look Composites eight months to complete, with finished molded FRP parts delivered in planned stages to the construction site. The 800 complex shaped composite parts needed were very challenging to mold to the size, design and dimensional accuracy required; each FRP part had either a double curvature design or was non-linear with curves and tight angles, all with molded fixing point flanges.
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