Building owners and architects looking to make a design statement should look at today's generation of bimetal sheet
materials (MCM) for the exterior cladding of their structure. The high tech image these wall panels can impart to a building because of their ability to be formed into various shapes can easily put a building ''a cut above.''
In reality, many other resins and embedded materials are composite materials. Carbon black in rubber makes that a composite material. Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and calcium carbonate in paints make them composite materials. Calcium carbonate in polyvinylchloride (PVC) pipe makes it a composite material. A clearcoat layer loaded with fine silica gel particles is also. A tabletop material of polyethylene or epoxy may be loaded with aluminum trihydrate (a fire retardant), silica, or aluminum oxide particles. A metal primer used to provide corrosion resistance is filled with metal oxide particles in many cases and so is a composite material. Many smart materials are composite materials. Adhesives and sealants are often filled with particles such as silica, alumina, calcium carbonate, zinc oxide, carbon black, bentonite clay mineral, and fire retardant particles such as antimony oxide. Many plastics are filled with these same fillers or with metal particles to provide radiation shielding. Concrete and mortars are other composite materials. Wood and bone are still more examples of composite materials. We have performed analyses of all of these composite materials at AME.
Properly designed and installed, metal composite panels provide a very reliable building envelope that resists the elements and protect against air and water infiltration. Installation systems are available that virtually eliminate the concerns over mold and mildew.