Using the latest methods and technologies is vital in the construction, automobile, defense, and other manufacturing industries. With weight saving being the mantra of an ecologically minded world, but with all the qualities of strength, the use of fiber-reinforced polymer compounds or FRP have been finding more and more uses in a wide range of industries.
Composites, the Star in Industry
The technical name for a fiber-reinforced polymer mold that finds use in industry is called a composite material; they use different materials like cement, concrete, etc., and are used in the construction of buildings, bridges, tanks, household fittings like bathroom countertops, and are also used by the automobile industry to make complete structures of boat hulls and racing cars. There are many companies worldwide, especially in the Far East which specializes in making high quality products with excellent service before and after sales, and a growing client list. Some of the main requirements of these companies are the supply of pultrusion dies, sink mould, rod mould, platform mould, FRP ladder mould, beam mould, FRP window frame etc.
High Tensile Strength with Light Weight
Another important item supplied by these companies is fiberglass pultrusion products and FRP or basalt rebar items. When composite materials are manufactured with a continuous cross-section it is called pultrusions. The use of a good pultrusion die is vital in making pultrusions, and this technology, though not of any high-tech value, needs to be made with precision, and can only be achieved with lots of experience. Using this type of technology creates products that are extremely versatile as well as strong, and are used in wide-ranging ways from factories, chemical companies, and facilities for livestock. It has also found favor in the aviation industry, where many parts are made by this method, for their properties of light weight and good strength.
Rising Popularity of FRP in Construction
The construction industry has been using concrete for hundreds of years and to add strength to the concrete structure, they have been using reinforced steel bars or rebar. Unfortunately, it has been found that although providing the structure with good strength they do have a tendency to corrode, causing the encased concrete to crack. This could cause the building to weaken, and may lead to collapse in extreme cases. To prevent this, builders now use fiber-reinforced polymer in the concrete, as it does not get affected by salt in the atmosphere or the concrete, and will not corrode. Another popular use is FRP molded grating equipment as it is less expensive than using pultrusion for manufacture. Being highly resistant to corrosion, it has numerous uses in chemical or industrial plants, power plants, wastewater treatment plants, and literally anywhere where there is a high traffic density. Being corrosion-proof even under water, it has found use in underwater structures like bridges, swimming pools, runways, etc. Due to its property of being light but with a very high tensile strength than steel, it has been widely embraced by the construction industry as a whole.
Post time: 12-02-2016