PANELITE PANELS ARE MADE OF 80% AIR: WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

HOW WE MAKE A PANEL USING 80% AIR:

Panelite Bonded Series panels consist of a lightweight cellular network – a honeycomb core – in which each cell acts like the web of an I-beam when bonded to thin, translucent facings. Before bonding, both core and facing are pliable. Afterwards, the bonded material is extremely stiff.

 

  • The resulting sandwich panel is nearly 1” thick, but roughly 80% of that thickness consists of air in the honeycomb cells. A Bonded Series panel weighs approximately 42 pounds and is self-structural; it has almost no flex. In contrast, a glass or resin panel is solid throughout, far heavier and cumbersome to handle. Honeycomb core provides strength and exceptional stiffness.
  • Honeycomb produces the most efficient strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight structures attainable.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLES: IMAGES WITH LINKS TO PROJECT DETAIL PAGES, CASE STUDIES

 

 

WHY IT MATTERS:

  1. No additional structural support is required for the panels – enabling frameless, translucent joints.
  2. Resistance to deflection allows much larger spans.
  3. Installation is simple and saves labor. Because of their light weight and stiffness, panels can be handled by a single installer.
  4. Design Possibilities: Panelite’s lightweight, self-structural, translucent panels offer many options for design innovation in applications including partition walls, doors, backlit applications, ceilings, conference rooms, trade show booths, etc.
  5. A panel that is 80% air uses far less raw materials than other translucent alternatives, making it more resource-efficient and sustainable. The Bonded Series product line also includes recycled facing and honeycomb options.

 
STRUCTURAL EFFICIENCY OF HONEYCOMB

Honeycomb core consists of a lightweight cellular network in which each cell wall acts like the web of an I-beam, when the honeycomb is bonded to thin facings. The resulting sandwich panel has the exceptional stiffness and strength of a network of small I-beams while maintaining a very low weight. With this exceptional strength-to weight ratio, honeycomb is an inherently resource-efficient material.

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Comparative weights of honeycomb glass and resin in PSF 2

Bonded Series panels are 80 percent air - quick points

 
Bonded Series panels are easy to fabricate on site, further making the installation process more efficient. View videos from the Bonded Series installation at Westfield headquarters, Los Angeles.
 

> PANELITE BONDED SERIES OVERVIEW
 

> PANELITE BONDED SERIES: TRANSLUCENT PARTITIONS

 

> 6 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH PANELITE THAT YOU CAN’T DO WITH GLASS


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