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Notus Composites, final shipment for Museum of the Future

Over 600,000m2 of prepreg materials have been supplied for the building's external façade panels in Dubai

Notus Composites (UAE) confirmed its final shipment of fire retardant (FR) epoxy prepreg for Dubai's Museum of the Future. Over 600,000m2 of prepreg materials have been supplied for the building's external façade panels, with the 2 year build program culminating in the Museum's stunning online unveiling in December 2nd 2020.

In a region that is renowned for pushing the limits in architectural design, the Museum of the Future in Dubai is one of the most complex façade projects to date. Designed by architectural firm Killa Design, and conceived as a composite structure from the outset, this engineering marvel is a true example of the benefits of building with advanced composites.

Notus Composites, an innovative prepreg solutions provider based in the UAE, has worked with the Museum's two façade manufacturers, Affan Innovative Structures and Nova Composites, to provide the composite materials for this unique exterior cladding.

Due to open in 2021, the Museum of the Future features 1024 cladding panels that have been built using a combination of Notus' multiaxial glass and carbon prepregs. These EPFR-609 prepregs and NE11FR surfacing films deliver exceptional fire performance and have been approved by the Dubai Civil Defence (DCD).

Each panel is unique in shape as the Arabic calligraphy covering the façade is moulded into each individual panel, with the black letters also forming the glazed window penetrations in the façade. The multiaxial prepregs were laminated in CNC milled moulds at Affan's and Nova's factories in Dubai, before glazing elements, LED lighting systems and stainless steel surface finishes were added, and the panels delivered to site for installation.

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