Are you thinking about using FRP Composite in your project?
Do you find yourself feeling more than a little confused by how to choosing between FRP Composite and traditional material?
Have you ever wondered FRP Composite can be a better solution for you project?
In this article, we’ll show you all the features of FRP/Composite(fiberglass reinforced plastic/ composites) you need to know. It will help you decide which material is more suitable for you. You’ll be able to make a decision based on the information you learn here in no time, too.
FRP is not only lightweight but also incredibly strong as well. FRP has high strength-to weight ratio as compared to stainless steel or aluminium.
Lightweight– 2/3 the weight of aluminum, 1/4 the weight of steel – therefore, easier to ship and install. Easier shipping and installations mean a much lower installation cost.
High strength-pound-for-pound is often stronger than steel and aluminum lengthwise direction.
This makes them of great interest to the motor industry who aim to replace metal with lighter weight materials to not only make the cars stronger but more fuel efficient.
For example in the US market, the use of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) in motor vehicles has expanded by nearly 40 percent over the 10 years. Even in those years the motor vehicle production levels stay nearly same. The amount of composites used in automobiles is rising to help meet increased fuel efficiency standards.
According to the EPA, for every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle, the fuel economy is increased by 1-2 percent. Based on a gallon of gasoline costing $2.58, this translates to savings of between $0.03-$0.05 a gallon.
In many industries around the world, the effects of corrosion can be easily seen. Every year the costs to repair, maintain, and replace equipment and infrastructure damaged by corrosion increase are extremely huge. According to the World Corrosion Organization’s study published in 2009, it was estimated that corrosion costs, worldwide, exceed 1.8 trillion dollars.
Luckily fiberglass reinforced plastics (FRP) offer a material solution. It is cost effective for many industries and applications.
The superb corrosion resistance of FRP is well known. It is ordinarily made using polyester or vinyl ester resins which possess excellent corrosion resistance as well as good thermal and physical properties. The table below presents a generalized comparison of the corrosion resistance of premium grade FRP laminates, carbon steel, stainless steel.
The corrosion resistance of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) helps it wide used for chemical containment and transport in a variety of applications. It includs chemical processing, pulp and paper and waste water treatment.
The related fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) products include tanks and vessels, pipe, ducting, hoods, scrubbers, stacks, grating, and specialty fabrications.
Every industry has its own unique problems to solve and situations to suit. While the design of FRP can be tailor or modify by engineers to meet their specific requirements.
For example, thanks to the benefits of altering resin and glass content to optimize your corrosion and or abrasion resistance—you can’t do this with metal.
Or for instance, fire-retardant resins can ensure that your FRP will not burn.
In certain circumstances expansion and contraction with cold and heat can be extremely important. When paired with the right resin, FRP can also be very durable even temperatures change a lot, unlike a metal, plastic, or wood. Such as our wind turbine covers have been running steady for 5 year in wind farm thanks to the dimensional stability of FRP under temperature change.
Sound absorbing: When using metal where sound pollution is not acceptable, you’re going to have trouble keeping the sound waves from bouncing off the walls (literally). However, fiberglass tends to absorb sound waves much better. And when paired with additional materials, you can eliminate the noise to the outside world completely.
Engineers can harness ultimate design flexibility when using FRP—an advantage over traditional materials such as metal, concrete, and wood. When you integrate FRP design into your project into your project also consider the added benefits of part consolidation, noise reduction and streamlined design.
Many metals require frequent exercising to make sure the product doesn’t freeze in place due to corrosion. FRP doesn’t have this problem and your product will work when you need it to.
Sheet metal tends to dent or deform very easily and requires reconditioning and maintenance to get your product back in working order. FRP is very durable and tough and can withstand some of the most drastic circumstances.