January 05, 2022

FRP: Structural Benefits and Aesthetic Advantages

FRP stands for Fiber Reinforced Plastics, a term usually used stateside in the world. It stands for glass-reinforced plastic. The backbone of the industrial revolution has always been considered to be led by the steel industry, but it has its drawbacks. In fact, all metals have them, as even the strongest metals eventually succumb to rust. Let's see wnat FRP can do.


FRP: Structural Benefits and Aesthetic Advantages

Horizontal FRP Storage Tanks


FRP is the answer

Truth be told, there is no substance on earth that can retain its shape, strength and structural integrity forever, but FRP comes very close. Now, we call this superior substance FRP, and as mentioned, it stands for fiber reinforced plastic. It is a term that encompasses a wide range of products and applications.

FRP is a composite material that consists of a matrix of thermosetting resins reinforced with fibers. There are many different types of resins used to make FRP, depending on the application.

Fiber-reinforced plastics are incredibly strong, exceptionally durable, and super resistant to impact and denting. Compared to metals such as steel or aluminum, FRP has a much higher strength to weight ratio at a fraction of the weight of steel. It is for this reason that many of WEITONG's FRP products are used in the aerospace, marine, bulletproof vest and automotive industries.


Structural advantages

Fiber-reinforced plastic is a fairly advantageous building material, offering physical and cosmetic benefits. As a result, many industries are turning to FRP products once they realize the long-term financial savings.

Because of its strength relative to other materials, fiber-reinforced plastic first gained exposure as a material in the manufacturing sector. Materials such as common polymers, thermoplastics, and even metals such as aluminum and steel cannot compare. FRP products offer the same strength, but also improved flexibility, durability and dexterity. It can also do this at a fraction of the weight of its traditional counterparts. In addition to these benefits, the amount of flexibility and strength can even be adjusted as needed. This makes FRP a highly adaptable material that can be easily used in many different applications in many industries.

FRP also possesses exceptional resistance to a number of factors, including impact, temperature extremes, corrosion, and more. Its non-magnetic properties are also responsible for the dominance of fiber-reinforced plastics in aerospace and medical imaging equipment.


FRP: Structural Benefits and Aesthetic Advantages

FRP/GRP Pipe Fittings


Aesthetic benefits

In addition to the durability and exceptional longevity of FRP materials, they can also be made to have an aesthetic appeal. Since FRPs have little to no shrinkage during the molding process, this allows for consistent results during production.

FRP can be colored in the mold using gelcoat to achieve an A-grade gloss level when it comes out of the mold. Paint peeling, cracking or flaking is not a problem because the material bonds so well to the gelcoat. Unlike traditional paint materials, the paint will retain its luster and remain vibrantly colored for a long time.


Choose us

When it comes to FRP, the only way you can get frustrated with the material is if it's not manufactured correctly. DEFI has decades of experience in creating some of the best FRP products in the United States. Our products and installation services are second to none and are used in numerous industries. Contact us today to see what WEITONG can do for your project and your bottom line.