Custom Design

As one of the largest composite panel fabricators in the United States, we work closely with our customers to design and construct panels that meet each particular project's specifications in the most cost effective manner possible.

Designing a custom composite panel typically involves choosing core materials, surface materials, potential edge closeouts, and substrate materials The following attributes should be considered when specifying a composite panel.

Weight
One of the primary reasons for utilizing composite panels is that they exhibit excellent strength-to-weight ratios compared to traditional construction materials. PortaFab engineers can help you select the best core and surface materials to meet your specifications in the most cost effective manner.

Strength
The ability to configure panels with different materials allows us to create much stronger panels than one can achieve with solid structures. The skill, however, is in analyzing all of the material choices for meeting your specifications and then selecting those that will provide the most functionality at the lowest cost.

Fire Resistance
PortaFab uses a number of materials that are non-combustible and self extinguishing. Most flammability ratings and building codes can be easily met with some combination of materials.

Thermal Control
Most composite panels have excellent insulation properties simply due to the nature in which they are designed. Since both honeycomb and foam cores trap air between the skins, they are inherently insulating to some degree.

Sound Control
While we do not specialize in acoustical panels at PortaFab, we are happy to incorporate any type of sound deadening specifications into the composite panels that we design.

Impact Resistance
Impact resistance can be accounted for by adjusting the honeycomb cell size, utilizing different core materials and skins, or adding thickness to the surface material and/or core.

Moisture Resistance
All types of aluminum and plastic honeycomb cores can be used to improve water and moisture resistance, but RFP surface materials can also do the job for many applications.

Corrosion Resistance
Not only can we utilize different core and surface materials to achieve resistance to weather and chemicals, but coatings can be applied for added security.

For more information on the properties of some of our more common materials, see our Core Materials and Surface Materials sections.