FRP or Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic is a composite material that consists of fiberglass reinforcement in a plastic or polymer matrix. The variation in these reinforcements and polymer allow an incredible range of mechanical and physical properties that can be developed specifically for requisite performance unlike the traditional materials like wood, metal or ceramics. The fibreglass reinforced plastic composites are lightweight, strong, corrosion resistant, and virtually maintenance free. These are some of the unique properties that play a dominant role in making FRP suitable for an array of applications.
Who Should you Use the FRP Products?
Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic has several advantages over the traditional materials like aluminum or steel. The composite products on offer now greatly reduce the maintenance needs, thereby bringing down the cost substantially.
Corrosion Resistance: The range of FRP products on offer are perfectly designed to withstand deterioration from industrial chemicals as well as environmental factors. Unlike aluminum, wood, steel or any other conventional material, these products rarely corrode and thus there is little need of costly maintenance. They are possible to expose to submersion, spills, splash, gas or fume without the fear that it may lose its integrity.
Low Installation Charges: The FRP products weigh considerably less than the conventional materials and thus they are easy as well as significantly less expensive to install, remove or transport. Installation is possible through usage of simple tools. The lightweight nature of these products brings down the need for costly equipment substantially. It also brings down the labor charges considerably.
Zero Maintenance: The fibreglass products do not fade, rust or corrode and thus they need little painting or replacing. Special ultra violet inhibitors are an integral part of these products and thus they can withstand harsh temperatures meaning that they will be able to cope with unforgiving environment.
Non Magnetic: Non magnetic property of FRP facilitates usage in sensitive installations where inherent magnetic property of metallic grating proves unsuitable.
Impact Resistant: The impact resistant property of FRP allows repeated deflection in the absence of permanent deformation. Varying amounts of deflection tend to occur depending upon the product. As soon as the load is removed, this returns to original shape unlike metallic grating. Metallic grating remains deformed and needs costly replacement and repairs.
Non Sparking: Several FRP products are available suitable for installations where hydrogen or any other combustible gas is found. This is possible because they do not produce sparks. Usage of other materials may lead to an explosion or sparks in case the tools are accidentally dropped.
Lightweight: The FRP products are lightweight. This brings down the transportation, installation and fabrication charges substantially. This also makes it easier to reposition or remove for cleaning.
Non Conductive: The fibreglass products are non conductive in nature. This makes them suitable for electrically hazardous situations.
Composite grating making use of FRP is actually an innovative system. An effective risk control medium that comes with several advantages, this has acquired prominence in several industries.