Some of the most popular fabrics used in architecture

Fabric structures are becoming more and more popular. Attractive, flexible and hardwearing, they can increasingly be seen in anything from shopping centres to churches, exhibition centres and markets, but what exactly are the fabrics made from and how do they withstand the wear and tear of everyday life? After all, fabric buildings must be able to withstand the elements in addition to being strong, durable and safe.

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According to digital media publisher Engineering.com, the fabrics used in such structures are not only very strong but also easy to repair if the worst happens.

Here we take a brief look at the most popular fabrics used in architecture today and see just what makes them so special.

Outside use

The fabrics used for outdoor structures are usually made from one of two different materials: polyester cloth coated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or glass cloth coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE – also known as Teflon). Both have long lifespans and both are easy to keep clean, meaning they will retain their good looks for many years.

Those with a PVC coating contain additives such as fire retardants, UV stabilisers to ensure they do not fade quickly, and antifungicides to keep away the mould. A PVC membrane can also be protected by fluorinated polymer lacquers, which will improve its cleanability.

For more information on this type of tensile structure, visit the website of a company specialising in tensile structures, such as http://fabricarchitecture.com/.

Inside use

For interior use, there are three commonly-used fabrics: cottons, glass mesh and glass cloth.

The most widely available and economical, cotton comes in a wide variety of colours and is ideal for areas in which a more natural look is required. As it is liable to shrink and stain over time, it is not suitable for long-term use.

Glass mesh, which can be coated with PVC, is more durable, but has more of a gauze-like feel; meanwhile, glass cloth is usually coated with polyurethane, which makes it hardwearing while giving it the appearance of a more natural cotton.

Glass cloth can also be coated with silicon, which has a high resistance to fire. In some instances, where more strict fire regulations have to be met, pure glass meshes can be used.

In certain circumstances, materials such as Lycra and silk have been approved for use indoors.

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Alcohol incites more violence than other drugs, but it will not come out on the news

The mainstream media tends to issue more news about illegal drugs than alcohol. Stories about illegal drugs are also more negative and the media are more likely to present them as dangerous, morally destructive and associated with violent behavior and drug users as irresponsible and degenerate people.

In fact, the media are more likely to link illegal drugs to violent crime, sexual assault and homicide than alcohol. All this despite a study finding that 47% of homicides in Australia over a period of six years were related to alcohol.

The coverage of the recent Rainbow Serpent music festival in Australia is an example of how the media relates illegal drug use to violence. There were alleged physical and sexual assaults during the festival, which took place over five days, including Australia’s national day.

However, the truth is that there was not as much violence or sexual assault as would be expected in relation to alcohol in such a large concentration of people during Australia’s national day.

Given that media information plays an important role the opinions that people form, this could make people believe that illegal drugs are more likely to lead to violence than alcohol. This is due to a cognitive tendency or “mental shortcut” known as the heuristic of availability that leads people to form opinions based on the most recent information they receive.

What do data tell us about the likelihood that alcohol or other drugs will end in violence? Are there drugs that are worse? Continue reading “Alcohol incites more violence than other drugs, but it will not come out on the news”

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Dry Shampoo

We all know that over-washing hair can strip away beneficial oils while rinsing away dirt and grime, and this has led to recent increases in the sale and use of what are known as ‘dry shampoos’.

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What are Dry Shampoos?

On the market since the 1970s, a dry shampoo absorbs oil, removing grease and dirt without the need for wetting the hair. It also has other advantages such as adding volume to limp strands. Applying dry shampoo after a trip to the gym can refresh hair. Additionally, those with coloured hair may find that reducing washing and using a colour enhancing dry shampoo means a reduced need for recolouring, saving both time and money.

Common Mistakes

Dry shampoo comes in powder, liquid or aerosol forms, and each brand will differ slightly from the next. If the first one that you try doesn’t work for you, try another one, and keep trying different ones until you find the one that works for your hair.

Tinted products are available, so remember to double check that you are not accidentally using the wrong one.

Grease and oil comes from the scalp, and so only roots need treating. However, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and if using an aerosol don’t succumb to the temptation to spray too close to your hair.

Once the product has been applied, leave your hair untouched for a couple of minutes as this gives the product the time it needs to absorb the grease and grime. Using this time to complete your morning make-up or to clean your teeth means you will hardly even notice it, but it will make a huge difference. Then rub it firmly into your scalp until any residue is removed and style to finish.

One final point – dry shampoo is not a replacement for wet washing. You are essentially coating your hair with a product, and in the same way as you wouldn’t leave make-up on from one day to another, ensure your follicles don’t get all clogged up by alternating dry washing and wet washing with a nourishing product such as KLORANE shampoo with mango butter, which is available from retailers including http://www.lifeandlooks.com/klorane-with-mango-butter.html.

Although dry shampoo is an essential part of any bathroom cabinet, it is not a replacement for wet shampoo.

How to Choose the Right Metal Coating

Metal components are found all around us. Their strength, conductivity and malleable properties make them highly usable. However, they are subject to corrosion.

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The cost of corrosion is significant. According to the World Corrosion Organisation, the annual worldwide cost of corrosion is US $2.2 trillion (more than 3% of the world’s GDP). 20-25% of these costs could be saved by using corrosion control methods. Costs are related to materials and repair work, the loss of function and loss of material. Prevention is better than cure.

Passive protection, in the form of coatings, provides a barrier between the metal being protected and the corrosion reagents and water.

Established Epoxies

The most common and long-standing coating technology is epoxy. They are often applied to the products in the factory and offer excellent resistance to impact, moisture and chemicals. Their metal bonding adhesive properties mean they are also often used as priming layers.

Strict environmental regulations surrounding the use of Volatile Organic Compounds have led to the development of 100% solid content epoxies.

The downside to epoxy coatings is their lack of flexibility and brittleness at low temperatures, which can both lead to cracking. Furthermore, they can become discoloured under UV exposure.

Polyurethane Protection

This has led to the development of polyurethane coatings, which, alongside the positive attributes of epoxies, also offer good flexibility and a high-gloss, high-pigment finish. They can be applied as a thin coat for weight saving, and they cure quickly, even at low temperatures, with the use of a catalyst.

Polyurea Developments

Moving on from polyurethane, these coatings cure more rapidly and without a catalyst in more challenging conditions. As thicker layers can be built up, they also offer some structural attributes. Polyureas should not be used for thin coat applications.

The coatings must be mixed exactly and special equipment and training is required.

The Best of Both

To achieve the preferential properties of polyurea but the ease of application and finish of polyurethane, hybrids of the two technologies have been developed by companies such as http://www.ct1ltd.com/.

This reduces the cost compared with polyurea but offers higher performance when the application environment is not so challenging.

Which Way to Go?

Selection of the most appropriate coating will be dependent on several factors: the finish required, time constraints for curing, application environment, desired properties and budget.

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Seven utensils to make your kitchen more fun

The kitchen is more fashionable than ever. We see it, for a couple of examples, in the programs Master TV type Chef, or in the proliferation of stores of utensils of creative repository.

So if you are also in that group of passionate about the kitchen, surely you like some of the seven utensils that we bring to make your kitchen more fun. Continue reading “Seven utensils to make your kitchen more fun”

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Virtual server and in the cloud, an increasingly real option for the SME

Within the needs that many companies have to work, one of the most important is the server. It is a team that will give us control of the centralized data, the applications we use and the access control necessary for different users. This requires dedicated hardware as well as maintenance and management. The other option is to look for a virtual server and in the cloud, an increasingly real option for the SME. Continue reading “Virtual server and in the cloud, an increasingly real option for the SME”

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Triple chocolate sponge cake: Recipe with and without Thermomix to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Is there a better way to celebrate a special date than chocolate? For me not, that’s why this triple chocolate cake seemed ideal as a dessert for Valentine’s Day. Do not be frightened how long preparation is, I advise you to read it first completely and you will realize that it is not as difficult as it seems a prior.

The important thing is to be clear that you have to make a mass of chocolate cake, a filling of chocolate cream and a chocolate ganache. If you want, you can prepare the biscuits in advance and store them wrapped in film paper to keep them wet until they are used. Continue reading “Triple chocolate sponge cake: Recipe with and without Thermomix to celebrate Valentine’s Day”

5 Helpful Fashion Tips for College Freshmen

Freshman year in college can be stressful. There is a lot of pressure with school work, tests, and fitting in. Some fashion tips can help alleviate some of the tension. You don’t have to spend that much either to keep up with the local fashion.

Many college freshmen feel a lot of pressure to fit in. There can be, but it depends on the group you hang out with. Don’t be afraid to define your own fashion. Freshmen can’t typically afford expensive clothing. Popular name brand sneakers and jeans will do if you are comfortable in them. Develop a budget to invest in stuff that lasts for a while and looks good. Continue reading “5 Helpful Fashion Tips for College Freshmen”

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How to send large attachments

You’re looking at every way to send a very heavy attachment to a friend (e.g. A video or an archive with a data database), but via email we cannot because the file exceeds the upload limits of your inbox electronic and / or those of the receipt of your friend’s box. You must prepare to put everything on a USB stick and hand over the person files. Never! With the guidance of fact, today I want to explain how to do to be able to send large attachments without wasting time and without having to stage excessively long procedures and impractical.

To be able to send large attachments just turn to third-party services, available online and thinking precisely for the purpose in question. Alternatively, you can resort to the use of some special cloud storage solutions that can be exploited directly by email and can be more or less comfortable depending on the circumstances. In all cases, however, this need not worry; you will not do anything too complicated. The solutions for sending large attachments I am going to point you in fact can be used by everyone, even by less experienced when it comes to new technologies, without any particular problems.

Then? You can know what are you still standing there? It begins to put very comfortable before your trusty computer and begins to concentrate on my reading this tutorial all dedicated to how to send large attachments. I’m sure that eventually you will be able to tell you more than satisfied not only too happy had discovered. What do you say, we bet? Continue reading “How to send large attachments”

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Makeup For Valentine’s Day 2017

Nothing left to Valentine and secure that you are turning to how makeup for your most romantic date night of February 14. For this, in this article, we are going to show the best make-up or make up for Valentine and that ye be great depending on the type of appointment you have. Come with us!

On February 14 is the perfect place to meet our partner day, and not surprisingly, we want to be perfect, beautiful and well made-up for our guys. The day is very long, depending on the time and the plan we have in Valentine we will be massaged in one way or another.

We are going to tell you how to make up if you have your appointment in the morning, afternoon or evening so that you are very beautiful. Continue reading “Makeup For Valentine’s Day 2017”