Friday - July 15, 2016

Covestro supports unique exhibition in London

Polycarbonate sheets protect art installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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Covestro supports the architectural installation Elytra Filament Pavilion at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London with polycarbonate solid sheets of the Makrolon® UV range. They protect a delicate structure of carbon and glass fibers, which mimic the forewing cases of flying beetles.

An exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London showcases extraordinary feats of engineering that have had a lasting influence on the global community. The central element of the 200 square-meter Elytra Filament Pavilion in the John Madejski Garden is a delicate structure of carbon and glass fibers modeled on the forewing cases of flying beetles, called “elytra.”

Covestro supported this architectural installation by supplying the Makrolon® UV solid sheets. Covering an area of over 500 square meters, the eight millimeter-thick, transparent sheets convey a sense of lightness without distracting the observer from the design of the individual elements.

Durable and weather-resistant canopy
Thanks to their versatility in processing, the Makrolon® UV sheets can be perfectly adapted to the individual fiber composite cells. The high impact resistance and good weather resistance of the UV-protected sheets further ensure that neither hailstones nor sunlight can damage the installation in London.

The pavilion was designed by architects Achim Menges and Moritz Dörstelmann, civil engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer, whose aim was to explore the integration of biomimicry, robotics and new materials in architecture. The pavilion was created using a novel manufacturing technique involving industrial robots that was developed at the University of Stuttgart.

The interactive exhibition will be expanded continuously over the course of the museum’s Engineering Season, through November 6, in response to anonymous data captured by sensors in the canopy on how visitors move underneath it.

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With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and as of the end of the first quarter 2016 employed approximately 15,700 people (full-time equivalents).

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