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.
FRP provides many benefits over traditional building materials such as steel, aluminum and wood.
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:
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.
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 panels are less than 15% the weight of concrete. There is no spalling, cracking or damage from moisture, salt or chemical.
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.