Schlüter-Systems have been selected to maintain and control floor movement in a £60million, state-of-the-art purpose built research, design, development and manufacturing facility for Aero Engine Controls (AEC) part of the Rolls Royce Group.
Aero Engine Controls (AEC), provides a single solution for the design, manufacture, procurement, testing and support of high-integrity, harsh environment control systems. The new 28,000 sqm facility, in Solihull, Birmingham replaces their two existing AEC sites to produce engine control systems for a range of applications, including Rolls Royce engines.
Schlüter-Systems Ltd were specified at the design stage by CPMG Architects, an AJ100 practice, and worked closely with contractors BAM Construction Ltd and Birmingham Tile & Mosaic Co. to supply their market leading products which included, Schlüter®-DILEX-AKWS movement joints and Schlüter®-DITRA-25 matting and to also deliver technical advice when needed.
Industry standards state that all tile and stone installations should include the use of movement joints. The question, however, is how do you provide the movement joints necessary to ensure a durable installation and what movement joints should you use?
Movement joints need to follow from the screed to the tile and stone covering and therefore need to be designed into the specification. Understanding the types of movement that can occur, namely drying shrinkage, differential movement, deflection movement, structural movement, moisture movement and thermal movement, will help when deciding which type of movement joint will best control the resulting stresses.
Pre-formed movement or control joints, such as Schlüter®-DILEX can accommodate roughly 15-20% of their movement zone. The extensive Schlüter®-DILEX range of movement joints offer complete protection and are available to specifiers in a wide selection of materials, colours, and movement capability.
Schlüter®-DITRA 25 is the unsurpassed uncoupling membrane for tile and natural stone installations. The geometry of the membrane allows for the absorption of lateral movement in each direction.