Interview with Dominique Nowak, commercial engineer with Betsinor

Dominique Nowak is a commercial engineer with Betsinor, the composites maker who works with Lafarge using Ductal® on several construction sites, such as the partial renovation of the façade at the National Dance Center in Pantin.

07.07.2016
 

What Betsinor job site used Ductal® for the first time ?

It was in 2001, on the partial renovation of the façade at the National Dance Center in Pantin. We had a development contract with Lafarge which provided us access to Ductal®. The characteristics of this new material enabled us to reconcile the aesthetics of a thirty-year old building with the latest demanding requirements, particularly with respect to standards for strength.

 

The characteristics of this new material enabled us to reconcile the aesthetics of a thirty-year old building with the latest demanding requirements

Dominique Nowak
 

Which of Ductal®‘s qualities do you value the most ?

The structural qualities, which allow for building very large, very thin elements, yet which have high coefficients of resistance.

Is Ductal® easy to use ?

It is demanding material which, to a certain extent, in my opinion, is still in the development phase. You have to know how to adapt to its particular characteristics, such as the fast setting and the need to use extremely high quality molds which are totally impermeable. And you have to be ready to invest in upgrading your facilities in order to be able to work with it.

What expectations do you have ?

Improvement in the use of the material as a sprayable product for use with complicated shapes. And, we hope that the developments which are currently underway to find semi-industrial applications which will make Ductal® more competitive, will lead to new, more affordable contracts implementing this type of new and promising material.

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