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Discovering the Power of Stainless Steel Honeycomb Panels

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Linda Wong

As one of the co-founders of Vigorss, I have been deeply involved in the decorative stainless steel sheet industry for over ten years, gaining extensive knowledge of product craftsmanship. I enjoy approaching issues from the customer's perspective, so the blog posts can address many customer pain points. Feel free to leave a comment to suggest topics for the next posts.

Did you know that stainless steel honeycomb panels are revolutionizing the construction industry with their exceptional strength and lightweight properties? These cutting-edge panels, constructed using a honeycomb core sandwiched between layers of stainless steel, offer unparalleled durability and versatility. From architectural marvels to aerospace applications, these panels have become the go-to choice for designers and engineers seeking high-performance building materials. In this post, we'll delve into the myriad benefits and diverse applications of stainless steel honeycomb panels, exploring how they are reshaping modern construction practices.

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Understanding Stainless Steel Honeycomb Panels

Definition

Stainless steel honeycomb panels are composite materials consisting of two metal sheets bonded to an aluminum honeycomb core. The face side is a stainless steel sheet, while the bottom side can be made of stainless steel, aluminum, or galvanized steel sheet. However, due to cost considerations and strength requirements, the preferred material for the backside sheet is galvanized steel.

Dimensions

The dimensions of stainless steel honeycomb panels typically involve three layers: front-side stainless steel sheets, a middle aluminum core (honeycomb structure), and backside galvanized sheet. The thicknesses of these layers play a crucial role in determining the overall performance of the panel. For example, thicker stainless steel sheets enhance durability while a thicker aluminum core provides better structural support.

Panel Width1000mm, 1100mm or customized width
Panel Length2000mm, 3000mm, 4000mm, or customized length
Front Sheet Thickness0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.8mm, 1mm or customized thickness
AL Honeycomb Core Height10mm, 15mm, 20mm, 25mm
Back Sheet Thickness0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.8mm, 1mm or customized thickness
Stainless Steel Sheet PatternsMirror, Brushed, Embossed, Stamped, Vibration, Sandblasted, Colored, Etched
Stainless Steel Grade304 or 316L
Protective FilmTwo Layers of 70 Micron Laser PVC Film

Moreover, these panels come in various sizes depending on their specific application requirements. Whether it’s for architectural cladding or interior design elements like ceiling panels; each dimension variation serves different purposes catering to diverse industry needs.

Production process

Front and Back Sheet Formation

The production of stainless steel honeycomb panels begins with creating box-shaped structures using stainless steel sheets for the front side and galvanized steel sheets for the back side. These sheets are carefully molded into a box shape to ensure they can effectively encase the aluminum honeycomb core.

Box-Shaped Sheet

To begin, an adhesive layer is applied to both the face and base sheets. This adhesive layer plays a crucial role in ensuring that the stainless steel box firmly adheres to the aluminum honeycomb core, providing structural integrity and stability to the panel.

Adhesive Layer

Core Insertion and Pressing

Once the adhesive has been applied, it’s time to insert the aluminum honeycomb core into the stainless steel box. The core is then covered with a galvanized steel box, completing the encapsulation process. This step ensures that all elements of the panel are securely held together, forming a cohesive unit ready for further processing.

After assembly, machine gravity is utilized to apply pressure on these components for at least 12 hours. This pressing process helps bond all layers together while also eliminating any air pockets or gaps within the panel structure. The resulting product is a robust and durable stainless steel honeycomb panel, ready for various applications ranging from architectural projects to aerospace engineering.

Gravity Machine

If you are concerned about whether two panels can be securely fastened using constructional glue, a peel strength test report is provided here.

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Diverse Colors & Patterns in Stainless Steel Honeycomb Panels

Stainless steel honeycomb panels are available in a variety of diverse colors and patterns to suit different design preferences and architectural needs. From mirror polished to etched finishes, each option offers a unique aesthetic appeal for various applications.

Mirror-Polished

The mirror polished stainless steel honeycomb panel features a highly reflective surface, adding a touch of sophistication and modernity to interior designs. This finish is ideal for creating sleek, contemporary spaces in commercial buildings or luxury residences.

Brushed

The brushed finish mainly include hairline and satin, providing a subtle texture with straight long lines or short lines, offering an understated yet elegant look that complements both traditional and modern settings. Vibration is another type of brushing, creating a “vibrated“ finish.

Sandblasted

Sandblasting creates a gentle look on each sheet, which helps to scatter light in a stunning manner. The sandblasted stainless steel honeycomb panel presents a matte surface with fine grains for an organic feel that suits nature-inspired themes.

Sandblasted Silver Stainless Steel Honeycomb Panel

Textured

For those who want a unique look, the water ripple, embossed, and etched finishes offer interesting textures that can enhance interior design.

The water ripple design imitates gentle water waves, with small, medium, and large ripple sizes. Embossing creates raised patterns on the sheets, such as linen, leather, sand grain, wood grain, fabric grain, round bead, and square bead. With the etching process, we can replicate any pattern on the stainless steel sheets if provided in pictures or files.

Stainless steel honeycomb panel VS stainless steel sheet

More Aesthetic

When you want to make tough construction panels, you often choose stainless steel sheets that are 3-5mm thick. The issue is, they become too heavy and it’s tough to make them look good if they’re thicker than 2mm. This is because PVD coloring can only be done on a maximum thickness of 2mm, and the original finish of a thickness more than 3mm won’t be as smooth as 2B finish. So, trying to polish the surface won’t work out well.

To solve this issue, Vigorss utilizes aluminum honeycomb core in the middle to provide support for two thin metal sheets, allowing for a variety of stainless steel colors and patterns on the face side of the honeycomb panels.

Weight Saving

Stainless steel honeycomb panels are lightweight yet incredibly strong, making them an ideal choice for various applications. The honeycomb structure provides exceptional strength while keeping the overall weight low. In contrast, traditional stainless steel sheets are heavier and may not offer the same level of durability as thicker honeycomb panels.

For instance, a 10mm thick honeycomb panel with 0.8mm stainless steel sheets for the face side and galvanized steel sheets for the back side only weighs 16.78Kgs/m2, whereas a 4mm thick solid stainless steel panel weighs 31.72kgs/m2. This means that the honeycomb core panel can reduce the weight by 47% even thought it is 6mm thicker.

In aerospace or marine industries, where weight is a critical factor, stainless steel honeycomb panels are preferred due to their lightweight nature.

Easy Installation

We generally recommend customers to choose cost-effective honeycomb panels with a thickness of 15-20mm for wall and ceiling applications. (Thicker panels can be chosen for special requirements).

1. Installing honeycomb panels is easy – you just need to fix the accessories on the back. For ceilings, you connect them to the ceiling keel using suspension rods, and for wall panels, you use wall accessories. Stainless steel sheets generally need to be bent first before installation.

2. Stainless steel honeycomb panels are really even and smooth, especially when they’re used for ceilings. The stainless steel sheets are thinner, which can make it hard to line up the horizontal lines with the other sheets.

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Good Sound Insulation

Thicker stainless steel honeycomb panels offer better sound insulation than solid stainless steel sheets. If your projects need to meet strict rules for sound insulation, then composite honeycomb panels are the way to go.

Fire Resistance

The stainless steel honeycomb panel is rated FR A1 grade according to the EN13501-1 standard, making it perfect for building facades, interiors, and ceilings. When used in construction or interior design, these panels provide an added layer of safety due to their ability to withstand high temperatures without compromising structural integrity.

Stainless steel honeycomb panel VS aluminum honeycomb panel

So, our stainless steel honeycomb panels are made up of one stainless steel sheet, one galvanized steel sheet, and an aluminum honeycomb core. But how does that compare to aluminum honeycomb panels that have two aluminum sheets and an aluminum honeycomb core?

Durability

We all know that stainless steel is heavier than aluminum. But when it comes to strength, stainless steel outperforms aluminum, especially in similar shapes, thicknesses, and designs.

Heat Resistance

Stainless steel can handle higher temperatures compared to aluminum which tends to get really soft at around 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cost

Stainless steel honeycomb panels are the best choice for strong curtain wall or interior wall cladding. While aluminum may be cheaper than stainless steel, if your projects require a sturdy material, then stainless steel totally worths it for making sure your walls stay tough and sturdy. Contact Vigorss team for the pricing now!

Versatile Applications of Stainless Steel Honeycomb Panels

Stainless steel honeycomb panels are incredibly versatile, finding applications across various sectors due to their unique combination of strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Here are some of the most common uses:

  1. Architectural Facades: These panels are ideal for creating striking and durable exteriors for buildings. They withstand environmental factors like wind, rain, and temperature fluctuations, while offering a sleek, modern look.
  2. Interior Design and Wall Cladding: In interior spaces, stainless steel honeycomb panels provide a contemporary and sophisticated look. They are used for decorative wall cladding, elevators, and high-end office interiors due to their elegant finish and ease of maintenance.
  3. Ceiling Panels: Their lightweight yet strong nature makes these panels perfect for ceiling applications, especially in large, open spaces like airports, museums, and shopping centers. They add an architectural interest without burdening the structural integrity of the building.
  4. Acoustic Panels: Stainless steel honeycomb panels are great for improving sound quality in places like concert halls, theaters, and conference rooms. They can help absorb and reflect sound in a way that makes the audio sound better.

Closing Thoughts

You’ve now grasped the versatility and durability of stainless steel honeycomb panels, from their production process to their diverse colors and patterns. You’ve also seen how they compare to stainless steel sheets and aluminum honeycomb panels, as well as their wide-ranging applications. These panels are more than just construction materials; they’re like the chameleons of the building world, seamlessly blending strength with aesthetic appeal.

So, whether you’re an architect seeking innovative design solutions or a homeowner looking to revamp your space, consider the stainless steel honeycomb panel as your go-to option. Its adaptability and robustness make it a standout choice for a wide array of projects. Embrace the future of construction materials with stainless steel honeycomb panels! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key characteristics of stainless steel honeycomb panels?

Stainless steel honeycomb panels are known for their exceptional strength, durability, and lightweight nature. They offer high corrosion resistance and can be customized in various colors and patterns to suit different design requirements.

What are some diverse colors & patterns available in stainless steel honeycomb panels?

Stainless steel honeycomb panels come in an array of finishes such as brushed, polished, or textured surfaces. These can be further enhanced with custom color coatings or laminates to achieve unique aesthetic effects.

How do stainless steel honeycomb panels differ from traditional stainless steel sheets?

Unlike traditional sheets that may lack structural integrity, stainless steel honeycomb panels provide superior strength while being significantly lighter. This makes them suitable for large-scale architectural projects where weight reduction is crucial.

 

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