RF Transparent Buildings

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 an RF transparent building we just made for an airport application. So not only does it have to be strong enough to withstand jet wash 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 RF transparent building 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 core; there’s no plywood lining. Nothing like that. The walls of this RF transparent building 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.

If you’d like to find out more about how we serve the Aviation industry or how we could make an RF transparent building for you, click the button here.