MetSkin, Vivalda Group’s new solid aluminium cladding system
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MetSkin, Vivalda Group’s new, UK-designed and manufactured solid aluminium cladding system has been fully tested to CWCT standards at an accredited testing centre. This includes a range of tests including hard body impact, soft body impact, wind resistance and water tightness.
The process of CWCT testing was undertaken in November, December 2023 and January 2024 and includes:
- Wind resistance
The panels are tested under increasing pressure using a vacuum pushing them against and away from the substructure they are fixed to, before being tested for safety and security.
A mock-up system is continuously sprayed with water in several directions, simulating wind force and driven by a powerful jet engine. Sealed and open-jointed systems are then inspected and tested for their water resistance.
- Impact resistance
The structural performance of the wall is put through its paces with a series of tests including both a hard (solid steel ball) and soft (50kg leather bag of glass beads) body being swung at the wall.