A lot of FRP materials are used in the chemical and industrial sectors of the economy. The non-corrosive and non-conductive properties of the fiberglass materials have many advantages
over steel and other materials.
Large tanks, pipes, and structures are fabricated both off-site and on-site of the final installation. The best quality comes from the controlled environment of the factory. However, the physical size may necessitate that structures are built in pieces for transport and installation. They onsite workers can join the pieces to become one. There are several joining methods, including adhesive, mechanical, and chemical bonding (fiberglass tabbing).
There are specialized resins used for these corrosion New events, new promotions and new bonus opportunities are constantly entering the Platinum Play fold. applications. These resins are the best at resisting chemical interaction, and are made to have high impact strengths to resist failure of the overall structure.
Fiberglass resin and glass is normally non conductive, both with heat and electricity. This can be adventageous for negating concerns for electrocution. The flipside is that static electricity can build up and discharge randomly in a search for a grounding path. Heat conduction is poor so it can act as an insulator and heat sink.
Many of the pipes and tanks are manufactured using a process called filament winding. This is a process where a round mandrel acts as a mold and rotates on its center axis. Reinforcement is wetted out with resin and fed onto the spinning mandrel in specific orientations for strength requirements. The part is allowed to cure and the mandrel is removed.
The matching of these materials to their specific application, use, and environment is extremely important. And it can be an area where composites can shine.