Tag: Fiberglass Laminates

Fiberglass Pole Failure

Fiberglass utility poles have many benefits.  They do not corrode, are easy to transport, and are maintenance- free, among other great qualities.  The real world also brings damage and destruction. A motor vehicle collided with...

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Vacuum Bagging Video

Vacuum bagging is a process that requires unique materials and processes, but can be simple to operation in an ongoing basis. There are many advantages to vacuum bag molding, a few of which include: Improved resin/glass ratio...

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Composite Utility Poles

Composite Utility Poles have been under development for a number of years.  Replacing the existing wooden poles with fiberglass composites have many long-term advantages and yet have many obstacles to implementation.  These...

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Home Workshop Supplies

Sometimes the most difficult aspects of working on fiberglass projects at home is obtaining the proper supplies. Now that we have the internet, this is greatly simplified, and many online stores exist to sell many different...

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Pultrusion Processing

Pultrusion is a continuous process similar to steel or plastic extrusion for creating products with a constant cross section. Examples of these products are rod stock, structural shapes, beams, channels, pipe, tubing, fishing...

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Intro to Filament Winding

Filament winding is an open molding process that is automated by using a rotating mandrel as the mold. This mandrel acts as a male mold which allows for the control surface to be on the inside, and the outside diameter size...

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Technicals on Fiberglass Mat

One of the most confusing parts of the glass reinforcement is the identification of the specific materials. They have various nomenclature depending upon the manufacturer of the matting, and sometimes depending upon the customer...

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Plastic Skin

One of the other synergies of FRP composites is its use as a reinforcement behind thermoplastic decorative skin layers. A thermoformed ABS or ABS blend plastic is made as the surface of the part. Then it can be reinforced on the...

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A couple of design considerations

FRP Composites have their own special set of considerations in design and use. And we will discuss a few here. The traditional fiberglass (unsaturated polyester with glass reinforcement) uses gelcoat on the molded (decorated)...

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Reinforcement to resin ratio

Reinforcement and resin are mutually beneficial to each other. The reinforcement is the strength in the system and the resin is the binder that holds the reinforcement together and shapes the product. The ratio is important in...

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