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Smart cities bring opportunities for pultruded composites

An emerging factor which will favour their further adoption is transparency to radio frequency (RF) signals

Many drivers for the use of composite materials in the built environment such as high strength, lightweight and design freedom are well established, but an emerging factor which will favour their further adoption is transparency to radio frequency (RF) signals, according to a new report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA).

To realise the potential of the 5G next-generation mobile networks in data-hungry cities a dense network of 5G small cells will be needed, bringing opportunities for pultruded composites in 5G radomes and base stations as well as concepts such as smart lighting poles. Novel materials which offer lower 5G signal loss than traditional construction materials will also be needed to deliver reliable in-building 5G services.

The EPTA industry briefing, An expanded role for pultruded composites in 5G cities, outlines how the roll out of 5G will drive increased adoption of composite materials in urban infrastructure.

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