FRP, The Material of Choice
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP), also called Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP), pipe has been used for industrial application since the 1950’s. Adapted from the marine industry, FRP was first used for seawater and other corrosive applications like those found in the Pulp & Paper Industry. Today FRP is a proven construction material for piping and process equipment in corrosive service.
A variety of thermo set resins are available to meet a wide range of service demands, including chemical exposure, thermal gradients, and strength requirements. FRP is a maturing material of construction with many documented successful case histories. There are a number of industry based standards, which provide guidelines for the design, production and inspection. Experienced engineers have applied these guidelines to design safe and reliable FRP systems, such as piping, ductwork, tanks, scrubbers and chimney liners. FRP structures are generally about 1/3 the weight of most metal structures, while meeting all the strength and corrosion resistant requirements. FRP is immediately available, in most cases, and may offer substantial cost savings over many alloy material alternatives. In today’s industrial marketplace, the advantages offered by FRP cannot be ignored. With a qualified engineer and manufacturer, the decision to utilize FRP piping can be made with confidence.
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