The Benefits of FRP Structural Plate
FRP structural plate is a material used in structural applications as an alternative to wood. FRP structural plate has many benefits for use in construction and other applications, and this article will outline those benefits.
How is FRP Structural Plate Made?
FRP structural plate is made from a resin matrix o, reinforced by fiber material. The fiber is manufactured through a process of either braiding, weaving, knitting, or stitching.
The next step of the process is to bond the fiber with the resin matrix, this is achieved through a process called pultrusion. Pultrusion is a method of fabricating continuous FRP structural shapes without changing the cross-sections.
Pultrusion pulls the raw materials through a heated steel die. Reinforcement materials are generally provided in creels. . The resin mixture saturates the reinforcement materials that are then shaped and passed through a heated steel die. The heat then sparks a catalytic reaction that cures the resin and forms a rigid profile.
FRP Structural Plate Decreases Production and Installation Time
It is important to factor in the amount of time required for a whole project and each step of the process when developing a design for a structure. Decreasing overall time spent decreases the overall costs of the processes and using FRP structural plate means that quality is not sacrificed for efficiency.
FRP Structural Plate Weighs Less
The weight of FRP structural plate is another huge benefit of the material. FRP structural plate is around eight times lighter than reinforced concrete, meaning that the installation process is far easier and requires less equipment.
The Impacts of FRP Structural Plate on Corrosion and Maintenance of Structures
FRP structural plate offers high durability and strength and is consistently resistant to corrosion. This means there is less requirement for ongoing maintenance and repairs, helping to save on labor and material costs. This also prevents inconvenience to users as downtime is minimized.
FRP structural plate is extremely reliable and low maintenance; however, there are rare occasions where maintenance is required. Performing regular inspections can mitigate the chances for potential issues and this repair work is far less frequent than with structures that use steel or brick. FRP structural plate is typically installed with modularity in mind, meaning damaged sections can be easily replaced without the need for demolition.
FRP Structural Plate from Strongwell
Strongwell manufactures a range of structural materials in various shapes, resin types, and reinforcement types. These specifications should be altered to enhance temperature resistance, strength, corrosion resistance, and other characteristics.
To find out more about FRP structural plate and the benefits, get in touch with the team at Strongwell today.