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What Is FRP?

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) is an engineered material consisting of reinforcement fibers, polymer resin, and additives to achieve the desired performance properties. This combination creates an extremely strong and durable material that can be used for parts inside equipment up to large, heavily loaded civil infrastructure. The type of reinforcement fiber is chosen based on the requirements of the application. For example, carbon fiber is commonly used in airplanes and recreational equipment, while the most common reinforcement material is fiberglass given its combination of properties and cost.

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Why FRP is an ideal choice for a wide range of products, offering:

  • Lightweight material. FRP components are extremely lightweight compared to other construction materials. This makes them safer, easier to work with, and cheaper to transport. They also don't require as much equipment to install.
  • Corrosion resistance and low maintenance. FRP is extremely durable, making it suitable for heavy-duty usage in a wide range of environments. Its corrosion resistance makes FRP capable of withstanding salt, water, chemicals, and other harsh weather conditions without deterioration. This means it can last for up 100 years with very little need for maintenance or rebuilds.
  • Cost-effective. Creative Composites Group builds our high-quality FRP components to offer long-term cost savings and profitability through its many beneficial qualities. FRP often offers lower acquisition costs compared to traditional materials.
  • Flexible design. FRP is engineered to meet the exact application requirements. Factors such as size, shape, color, and functional features can be customized to ensure smooth and easy installation.
  • Shorter production and installation time. FRP is prefabricated, allowing crews to install each part much faster. This makes FRP ideal for construction projects in public areas that have tight timelines and limited construction hours.

Benefits of FRP Over Traditional Materials

FRP provides many benefits over traditional building materials such as steel, aluminum and wood.

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FRP vs. Steel

FRP is highly corrosion-resistant, whereas steel is susceptible to rust from chemicals and weather exposure. FRP is as strong as steel and weighs significantly less; for a great strength-to-weight ratio. Other benefits that FRP has over steel include:

  • Non-conductive and impact resistant
  • Easy fabrication without the need for cutting torches and welders
  • More flexibility in terms of color options and functional features
FRP vs. Aluminum

Unlike aluminum, FRP has low thermal conductivity, meaning it serves as a great insulator. It’s also corrosion-resistant, non-conductive, and won’t deform under impact.

FRP vs. Wood

Wood components are prone to warping, decay, and rot. FRP exhibits excellent resistance to corrosion, mildew, mold, and other conditions that timber cannot stand up against. FRP can also deliver extreme durability without the need for environmentally hazardous coatings.

FRP vs. Concrete

FRP panels are less than 15% the weight of concrete.  There is no spalling, cracking or damage from moisture, salt or chemical.

Creative Composites Group Ensures Your FRP Project Success

FRP is a strong, durable, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant alternative to traditional construction materials. At Creative Composites Group, we are a leader in designing and manufacturing FRP composite products. Our combined team of experts offers innovative FRP solutions designed to meet the specifications and requirements for a wide range of applications. To learn more about the benefits, products, and applications of FRP, download our FRP Products & Capabilities Brochure today.

Need more information?

Creative Composites Group provides a comprehensive range of standard and customized FRP products to meet your project needs. Looking for more information about how we can help bring your project to life? Contact our staff of expert engineers today.

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