Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) is a composite material, manufactured from a combination of fibreglass and resins. Used in construction projects worldwide, FRP offers many advantages over traditional materials, as it’s lightweight, strong and non-corrosive.
What is FRP?
FRP is made from a polymer matrix mixed with reinforcing materials, such as fibres.
PermaStruct® FRP is manufactured from continuous glass fibre reinforcements in combination with premium grade polyester or vinylester resins to provide excellent corrosion resistance.
Advantages of Using FRP
Fibre reinforced plastics become advantageous in projects that require simplification in design and operation, weight reduction, and precise engineering. A few of the key advantages are listed below…
FRP is specifically used in projects that require an amount of strength, elasticity, or flexibility that is either not available in nonreinforced plastics or is not suitable due to economic restrictions. FRP has a number of benefits that make it an appealing material if employed correctly.
Fibreglass can be moulded into any shape, which makes it one of the most versatile materials available. Apart from its high strength to weight ratio, FRP is also hard wearing, resistant to corrosion and chemicals, and is electrically insulating – making it a safe product to use in a workspace.
Low Maintenance & Costs
FRP is cost-effective, which is why it has become a popular material to use in construction industries. Initially, there are the short term costs, which include design, construction, and installation. However, the value of FRP really comes into play when considering the long-term costs of maintenance, modification, deconstruction, and disposal – especially when compared to steel or concrete.
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