The Growing Markets and Increasing Demands of Fibre-Reinforced Plastics (FRP)

There is a huge fuss about this material known as “Fibre-Reinforced Plastics”. It works great in mechanical, civil and other manufacturing industries. This material is solving age-old problems of many in the business, right from the mechanics to the construction giants, this is gaining attention of every small, mid- or large-scale business. With its merits overpowering its demerits, it is here to stay for generations to build a sustainable world. Without further ado, let’s dive deep exploring the topic more.

Fibre-Reinforced Plastics, also known as Fibre-Reinforced Polymers, are plastics blended with reinforcing materials together for strength and stiffness. These are vastly used in Automobiles, Vessels and Construction industries, since they have high specific strength to weight ratio and stiffness to weight ratio. Additionally, they have improved fatigue resistance, greater toughness, and higher creep resistance.

The property of FRP can be altered according to the customers, to suit their needs. Out of the many merits, the main properties that hold the material as everyone’s favorite are –

  • They have excellent electrical and compressive properties and have high environmental resistance.
  • The manufacturing process of FRP is very easy.
  • FRP’s have fire hardiness, high structural integrity, resistance to corrosions and chemicals and UV radiation stability.

With this wondrous material having umpteen benefits, whose usability spread across multiple industry is a sure shot win. It is estimated that the markets for FRP are projected to reach 9 million tons by 2022.

The other benefits of Fibre-Reinforced plastics are-

  • Cost Effectiveness

Though stainless steel has a much lower initial cost compared to FRP, a very low maintenance and installation cost makes FRP more affordable to the businesses. On the other hand, wood is sustainable but makes it more prone to degradation. Thus, increasing its maintenance costs.

  • Fabrication and Design

FRP gives a lot of flexibility to the design. By using simple carpenter tools, it can be field fabricated. No welding is required. Also, the lightweight of the material makes it easy to uninstall, transport and install, as compared to steel, which may cost heavy transportation cost and skilled labor to dismantle and reinstall.

  • Strength and Stiffness

FRP is rigid than timber. As rigid as 3.3 times more. Also, it will not deform under any external and internal loads. It has a modulus of elasticity of 2.8 x 106 Psi.

  • Low maintenance

The non-corrosive nature of FRP makes it a user-friendly material. Also, because of its UV stabilization, it does not require any kind of painting and lacquering.

Fillers and Additives have a very small volume of work in FRP composites, but they have special purposes and various types that is of utmost importance for its sustainability.

Additives

  1. Purpose
  • Improves aesthetics
  • Improves material properties
  • Improves performance
  • Improves workability
  1. Types
  • Antistatic agents
  • Catalyst
  • Coloring dyes
  • Foaming agents
  • Inhibitors
  • Promoters

Fillers

  1. Purpose
  • Improves chemical properties
  • Improves fire retarders
  • Improve mechanical properties
  • Reduce composite cost
  • Reduce creeps and shrinkages
  1. Types
  • Alumina trihydrate
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Kaolin
  • Silica glass

Now, with all the above given information. You can decide for yourself whether this material is adoptable than the other existing materials available in the market.

Our Expertise

Indovance has been designing various items in FRP since the very beginning. We have managed to draw a lot of attention of our valuable customers quintessentially through our FRP drafting and modelling services. The various FRP works that we already have hands-on experience are Staircases and joinery, Parapets for pressure vessels and other similar equipment, clamping arrangements, etc. With the growing popularity of the material, we are forging ahead and delivering efficient work in the domain.

We are one pioneer in providing premium mechanical drafting and modeling services. Our workforce is skilled and experienced. Apart from FRP’s, we also the master in the following services.

  1. Process Equipment Design
  2. 3D Plant Modeling
  3. Machining, Casting and Forging
  4. Stress Analysis

For more queries regarding any of the above-mentioned topics, feel free to connect with us on our website www.indovance.com or contact us on +1-919-238-4044.