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Expedition cabin XE417

Rear cabins for expedition vehicles are generally made of steel/aluminium or GRP. This project shows that lightweight cabins with outstanding physical characteristics can be achieved through the constructive use of wood. It also shows how cooperation in research and development functions, where timber research stands and which options are available:

  • No screws: for strength and stiffness, a structure was developed that uses high-strength adhesives (curves, aircraft plywood, two-component adhesive)
  • Wood (materials) form the structural outer shell and provide weather protection. A material has been modified in such a way that it will last for many decades (pressure-impregnated plywood)
  • No thermal bridges: by using wood and wooden materials, including a new type of composite material, and avoiding screws, there are no thermal bridges and no condensation
  • Appealing shape and haptics: great importance was attached to design. The round shape with inclines is suited to the material (no standing water)

The project was implemented within a period of six months from the initial (digital) pencil stroke through to the functioning prototype. The fitted furniture contributes towards the stiffening and was designed to this end in BIM.

Location: Hall 1.0

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