Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP)

"Composite materials" refers to materials having strong fibers - continuous or noncontinuous - surrounded by a weaker matrix material. The matrix serves to distribute the fibers and transmit the load to the fibers. The bonding between the fibers and the matrix is created during the manufacturing phase and becomes a composite material in the final stages of fabrication when the matrix is hardened. The characteristics of composite materials depend on proportions of reinforcements and matrix, the form of reinforcement, and the fabrication process.

The Composite Fiberglass Advantage

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The North American annual usage growth rate of FRP Composite Materials grew 11.3% from 2003 to 2004, demonstrating a rising interest in engineered fibre-reinforced composite materials. This interest, which is distributed across numerous industries, is attributed to the unique characteristics and advantages of FRP as follows:

Precise Tolerance
  • Fabrication by closed-mould Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) permits exact tolerance of complex shapes and forms.

  • Precise dimensional tolerance is a necessity for products across numerous industries, such as electronic equipment panels and enclosures.
Superior Strength-to-Weight Ratio
  • Higher strength-to-weight ratio as compared to other materials, such as concrete, metals, and thermoplastics.
  • Light-weight components are easier to install, requiring less equipment, time, and manpower costs.
Cost Effective
  • Low initial start-up costs.
  • Low production costs.
Design Flexibility
  • Complex shapes inclusive of compound curves.
Advanced Finishes
  • Any finish, including urethane paints (metals, opaque, iridescent; single or multi-color parts), gelcoats, translucent, pigmented urethane elastomers, in-part prints.
Textured Surfaces
  • Any texture, including smooth, dimpled, ribbed, simulated concrete/wood, and non-slip.
  • Low production costs.
Electrically Non-conductive
  • High dielectric strength.
  • Excellent material for sensitive electrical equipment.
  • Robust maintenance-free surface; dent-free.
  • Resins with UV inhibitor.
  • Minimum 10-year urethane UV color-fading paint warranty; Class A finish.
Corrosion Resistant
  • Non-porous surface; water-proof.
High Heat Distortion Temperature
  • 150° to 215° F / 70° to 100° C, special resins can increase Heat Distortion Temperature range.
  • Resins with UV inhibitor.
  • Minimum 10-year urethane UV color-fading paint warranty; Class A finish.
Fire, Smoke & Toxicity Rating
  • Compliance to relevant ASTM, EPA, NFS, UL, and other standards by using specific resins and additives.
Environmentally Friendly
  • Closed-mould fabrication lessens styrene emissions.
Resin Transfer Moulding or RTM
  • Offers unparalleled control of shapes, forms, and, more importantly, dimension. The sample shown on the right is 3mm throughout the entire body of the part.
  • This precise tolerance, combined with the ability to mould complex shapes, makes FRP/fiberglass an outstanding choice of material.
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