Parametric design was used to develop the steel diagrid — a framework of 2,400 diagonally intersecting steel members — to which composite concrete floor slabs and 17,000 square meters of composite cladding are attached, the latter using 1 million square meters of multiaxial glass and carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy prepreg. Marko Ruljanovic, associate MEP engineer at BuroHappold Engineering, demonstrates the ongoing MEP works at the Museum of the Future. The Museum of the Future is considered an engineering miracle at 30,000 square meters and 77 meters in height. This is very important. Each one of the 1,024 panels are custom molded and … Dubai firm Affan Innovative Structures provided the composite design for the panels, as well as fabrication and support for installation. They also serve as the building’s windows, casting daylight through the column-free interior and creating a dramatic effect at night via 14 kilometers of integrated LED lighting. For the Museum of the Future’s facade panels, separate pieces were not required to form the cassette edges, but instead were machined into each mold and thus integrated into each composite panel. Glass fiber/epoxy prepreg is hand laid into the molds. The building consists of seven floors and characterized by the absence of … Prepreg layups are vacuum-bagged and cured in an oven for 6 hours at 120°C. The exterior of the building is made up of 890 stainless steel and fiberglass fused (GFRP) panels. This was rejected by the engineering team as too difficult and unable to provide the same appearance as was possible using an integrated, multifunctional composite panel facade. FR composite panels provide structure, sealing and iconic facade for pioneering architecture in Dubai. We primarily used glass fiber but also carbon fiber in certain sections where there were deflection issues.” Approved by the Dubai Civil Defense, Notus Composites EPFR-609 prepreg, in combination with NE11-FR surface film, has passed NFPA 285, EN13051-1 and ASTM E1098 and E84 Class A fire requirements (see “Fire-retardant prepregs enable ...” and “Better, cheaper screening of FRP building materials”). The flowing script forms poems that describe the vision for Dubai’s future by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. “The panels could not abut directly, or they could crack,” says Affan, explaining that due to a high live load of 1.5 tons on the cantilevered 6th floor exhibition area, the steel structure actually moves. However, they must be lifted in a specific way, via at least two lift points, just like hanging cassettes in more traditional building methods.”, There was an additional issue that Affan was uniquely qualified to solve. You are also dependent on the weather and work stoppages. Layups were hand laid, vacuum bagged and cured for 6 hours in ovens that measured 20 meters long by 8 meters wide by 3 meters high. FRP sunshades developed for San Francisco retrofit, Leveraging towpreg to reduce the cost of CMC, Part 2: Applying CT scan data analysis and visualization to composites, Automated Cutting of Composites Reinforcement Saves Time and Material, Improves Quality, Composite Bonding & Repair Benefits and Solutions, How Digital Cutting Technology Reduces Costs and Improves Flexibility, The building envelope: FRP unitized facades, “Better, cheaper screening of FRP building materials”, The first commercial Type V composite pressure vessel. Dubai has seen rapid economic and infrastructure growth over the past decade, which is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. This capability in complex steel, glass and composite assemblies would be exactly what was needed for the Museum of the Future’s multifunctional composite exterior. Clad with stainless steel, each panel is a unique 3D shape and integrates molded-in Arabic calligraphy. On the inside, the freestanding double-helix staircase which is both functional and aesthetically breathtaking, was the most challenging according to the developers. Thus, every single hexagon had to be attached — requiring as many as 200 to 300 attachments for a single panel.” Finished panels were then sent to site to be installed. In this transition, … Stainless steel hexagons are bonded and mechanically fastened to FRP panels. Out-of-autoclave prepregs: Hype or revolution. Its motto, ‘See the future, create the future’ implies that the museum will not only house the latest cutting-edge technology, but it will also drive its creation. by Neha Bhatia. “Reinforcements would be laid into precisely CNC-machined molds,” he explains. The museum aims to be an incubator for innovative solutions and inventions of the future, partnering with some of the leading names and brilliant minds, cutting across various fields.