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The competences of the FFin and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences lie in the field of sustainable architecture, civil engineering and geomatics. Topics of research are architectural and structural applications, with the main focus on textile-based, lightweight construction systems. The people to contact are Prof. Claudia Lüling (Architecture), Prof. Weiland (Structural Analysis) and Prof. Rucker-Gramm (Build- ing Materials, Building Physics). In cooperation with the DITF in Denkendorf and other members of the AFBW, several research projects that have been funded to date, for example, on the subject of “3dTEX – textile lightweight wall elements, made of foamed spacer textiles” and “4dTEX – spacer textiles for sun protection”, have been successfully completed or are currently in progress. Further projects are “FabricGreen®”, “Putz goes textile”, “BetonTextil” and others.
In the area of FabricFoam®, 3dTEX deals with the adaptation of three-dimensional textile technologies for lightweight construction. The aim is to develop lightweight, tension and compression-resistant, insulated roof and wall elements, with adjustable mechanical, physical-structural and design properties, for example in combination with foaming technologies. At 4dTEX, we investigate the production of ultra-light, stable sun protection elements, made of spacer textiles with special movement mechanisms, such as folding, pushing, stretching, bending or compressing. This results in elements that can be adjusted from opaque to translucent, transparent, or insulated.