Textiles, Polymers and Composites for Buildings book cover

Textiles, Polymers and Composites for Buildings

Textiles, polymers and composites are increasingly being utilised within the building industry. This pioneering text provides a concise and representative overview of the opportunities available for textile, polymer and composite fibres to be used in construction and architecture.

The first set of chapters examine the main types and properties of textiles, polymers and composites used in buildings. Key topics include the types and production of textiles, the use of polymer foils and fibre reinforced polymer composites as well as textiles and coatings for tensioned membrane structures. The second part of the book presents a selection of applications within the building industry. Chapters range from the use of textiles in tensile structures, sustainable building concepts with textile materials, innovative composite-fibre applications for architecture, to smart textile and polymer fibres for structural health monitoring.

With its distinguished editor and team of international contributors, Textiles, polymers and composites for buildings is an important reference for architects, fabric manufacturers, fibre-composite experts, civil engineers, building designers, academics and students.

Architects, fabric manufacturers, fiber-composite experts, civil engineers, and building designers

Hardbound, 512 Pages

Published: September 2010

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-397-8


  • …a very useful reference for specialists., Materials World
    …covers subject matter not easily found elsewhere., Materials World


  • Part 1 Main types of textiles and polymers used in building and construction: Types and production of textiles used for building and construction; Technical characteristics and requirements of textiles used for building and construction; Fibre reinforced polymer composite materials for building and construction; Developing and testing textiles and coatings for tensioned membrane structures; Polymer foils used in construction. Part 2 Applications of textiles and polymers in construction: Tensile structures - textiles for architecture and design; The role, properties and applications of textile materials in sustainable buildings; Learning from nature: Lightweight constructions using the ‘technical plant stem’; The role of textiles in providing biomimetic solutions for construction; Smart textile and polymer fibres for structural health monitoring; Textiles for insulation systems, control of solar gains and thermal losses and solar systems; Sustainable buildings: Biomimicry and textile applications; Challenges in using textile materials in architecture: The case of Australia; Innovative composite-fibre components in architecture.


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