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Nation’s Waterways Benefit from High-Energy Absorption, Zero Maintenance FRP Fenders

Posted by Composite Advantage on Feb 11, 2021

It’s no fish story that FRP pilings are becoming entrenched as the go-to material for fender protection in the nation’s waterways. The reasons are numerous. Unlike rigid concrete and steel systems, FRP is maintenance free and can deflect, dissipate energy and recover without damage to ships or fenders. The green material also supports the environment.  In Puget Sound, scientists are studying the impact of creosote-treated wood pilings on dwindling herring and shellfish populations. FiberPILE resists corrosion and damage from intrusive marine life without leaching harmful chemicals into the water. READ MORE >>

NJ DOT Selects FiberPILE For Route 147 Project

Cape May, New Jersey is a seaside resort at the southern tip of the state’s Cape May Peninsula. The city has one of the nation’s largest collections of 19th framed buildings and Victorian homes. When the New Jersey Department of Transportation needed to replace old wooden fenders with a new system on the waterways, they were grappling with higher energy absorption requirements to maintain protection of concrete bridge piers.  READ MORE >>

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Webinar Unpacks How To Design Fenders With FRP Pilings

FRP composite piles are invading the nation’s waterfronts and waterways as DOTs migrate to FRP pilings to take advantage of its cost-efficient, high energy absorption, corrosion resistant and eco-friendly properties. To help you prepare, CA is holding a webinar, Dive In With FRP Pilings, on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:00 am EST.  We’ll break down how to design high energy absorption fender systems using large diameter FRP pilings. REGISTER >>

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IMAGINE Act Awaiting Roll Call Votes

In August 2018 the Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded Act was introduced to the 115th Congress, 2nd Session. The IMAGINE Act encourages the research and use of innovative materials and techniques in construction and preservation projects for domestic transportation and water infrastructure systems.  The Act includes fiber reinforced polymer materials. To read more about this click here.

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