Setting Guinness World Records isn’t easy, and neither is protecting a massive structure from nature’s elements. The Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center, located in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, is home to the world’s tallest indoor Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel named Alem, which translates to “The Universe,” stands at an incredible 368 feet and houses 24 six-seat cabins for guests to ride in.
The record-breaking Ferris wheel was constructed in an enclosure that resembles the eight-sided star of Oguz Khan, who appears in many motifs across the nation. The architects at Polieks knew they would have to create a structure that would be awe inspiring in both design and durability. They chose the specialty material, LUMIFLON® FEVE resins, to help them achieve this goal. Overall, coating the metal enclosure with FEVE resins provides bright, glossy color and protection from weather, salt, radiation and chemicals.
Breaking Records and Beating the Elements
LUMIFLON fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins provide superior weatherability and maintain their aesthetic appeal in the harshest conditions.
The wide range of benefits include:
- UV light, chemical and corrosion resistance
- Long-lasting color and gloss retention
- Soluble in common solvents compatible with water
- Curable at room temperature or elevated temperature
- Variety of resin grades for any coating need
The panels of Alem’s enclosure have a coat of LUMIFLON FEVE resin to protect them from premature degradation caused by exposure to UV radiation, water, and salt. Additionally, the six-story, $90 million structure has dazzling colors and lights on all sides.
In comparison to other specialty material coating systems, LUMIFLON resins directly contribute to lower life-cycle costs. This is because maintenance and recoating aren’t necessary. Unless a bigger indoor Ferris wheel is built, the unmatched weatherability and durability of LUMIFLON will help Alem keep its record-breaking status for a long time.
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About the Author
Kristin Carlin is AGC's inside sales & marketing leader and part of the business development group. She has been with AGC Chemicals Americas for 20 years and holds an MBA from Penn State University.