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[VIDEO] Are Shelter Works Fiberglass Shelters Radio Frequency Transparent?

[VIDEO] Are Shelter Works Fiberglass Shelters Radio Frequency Transparent?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Hi, this is Tracy Switzer, President of Shelter Works. And today I’m going to answer the question, “Are our fiberglass buildings RF transparent?”

Indeed, they are. I’m standing before a building we just made for an airport application. So not only does it have to be strong enough to withstand jetwash from the planes taking off and landing nearby, it also has to be frangible, which means if a plane crashes into it, it has to destruct (instead of damaging the plane). But it also has to be radio frequency transparent. As you can see, it’s gel coated in orange and white checkerboard pattern (that’s regulation). But there’s something else going on here with these two panels.

For this particular application, the equipment inside this shelter is going to either transmit or receive radio frequency. So those signals are able to go right through fiberglass walls. But this customer wanted no chance of any resistance, so in a couple of spots here in the walls, we removed all core materials. So there’s no foam insulating the door, there’s no plywood lining. Nothing like that. The walls in these two spots are very similar to our skylights. They’re just the outer skin of fiberglass and the inner skin of fiberglass coming together to form one solid membrane. And those are very highly RF transparent.

All of Shelter Works buildings are custom made. We want to make it just right for your application. And remember, if it was built by Shelter Works, it was built for life.