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Use of FRP

Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP), also known as Fibre-reinforced plastic, panels have been used since 1965 for almost every type of advanced engineering structure, ranging from building to construction, transportation, marine, to military industries. FRP is widely used in the USA, parts of the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, and China.

FRP is a composite usually made of glass (in fibreglass), carbon (in carbon reinforced polymer), aramid, or basalt. The polymers used in FRP are usually an epoxy, vinyl, ester, or polyester thermosetting plastic, though phenol formaldehyde resins are still in use. This makes FRP strong, flexible, and thin.

The use of FRP panels is increasing nowadays. It is now used to enhance or substitute for infrastructure components or systems
that are constructed of traditional materials (i.e. concrete and steel). FRP composites are lightweight and non-corrosive. FRP
exhibits notable strength and stiffness and is easily constructed.

Furthermore, FRP can be tailored to satisfy performance requirements.
Today, you can see restaurants kitchens, car washes, medical facilities, food processing areas, cannabis grow rooms, and many
other areas within commercial construction using FRP to cover walls and ceilings.

7 facts to consider

If frp panels are the Best material of Choice for wall and Ceiling paneling :

antimicrobial
ANTIMICROBIAL

Highly resistant to corrosion or or when in extreme environments.

fire
FIRE RATING

FRP has poor resistance to fire and when exposed to high temperatures.

sustainable
ENVIRONMENTAL

FRP has sterile finish and composed of non-magnetic materials.

pantone
COLORS

A wide range of colors available in varying pigments with unique shades

thermoforming
THERMOFORMING

Fiber reinforced plastics are rigid and resist deformation.

toxic
TOXICITY

When FRPs come into contact with fire, it produces carbon dioxide.

cost
COST

The cost of FRP is the same today as it was thirteen years ago.

A few things about FRP panels that no
one will tell you

01.

ANTIMICROBIAL
FEATURES

The use of FRP panels is increasing nowadays. It is now used to enhance or substitute for infrastructure components or systems that are constructed of traditional materials (i.e. concrete and steel). FRP composites are lightweight and non-corrosive. FRP exhibits notable strength and stiffness and is easily constructed.

Furthermore, FRP can be tailored to satisfy performance requirements.
Today, you can see restaurants kitchens, car washes, medical facilities, food processing areas, cannabis grow rooms, and many other areas within commercial construction using FRP to cover walls and ceilings.

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02.

FIRE RATING

FRP reinforcements offer a number of advantages such as corrosion resistance, non-magnetic properties, high tensile strength, lightweight and ease of handling.

However, FRPs are quite flammable. They generally have a linear elastic response in tension up to failure (described as a brittle failure) and a relatively poor transverse or shear resistance. Even with FRP’s durability, the glass in it can still hydrolyse within an alkaline environment, leading the material to subtle, unapparent degradation.

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03.

ENVIRONMENTAL

FRP-based products pass the standards that come with settings based on healthcare, food processing, and other similar sanitary environments. This is due to FRP’s commonly sterile finish which is also sturdy and composed of non-magnetic materials. The latter also means that FRP is not only good for its surroundings as it does not introduce harmful components but also makes the product transparent to EMI/RFI transmission. This implies that it does not affect network signals.

FRP production facilities have mechanisms, systems, and processes in place to maximize production and minimize rejection to increase efficiency of manufacturing.

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04.

COLORS

FRPs has a wide range of colors available in varying pigments with unique shades and transparencies which are aesthetically pleasing. Since its components are molded, color can be molded straight through the part.

But its colored cladding can fade due to sunlight and may result in the unattractive chalking of its surface. White colored FRP panels can become yellowish, and darker colors can lose their original sheen and noticeably fade.

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05.

THERMOFORMING

As mentioned above, FRPs are quite flammable. When FRPs come into contact with fire, it produces large amounts of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, soot and various kinds of chemical compounds.

When they are split, cracked, fractured, or damaged, fine fibers are produced that may easily be inhaled or may come into contact with skin. This is potentially dangerous for workers who install and remove cladding, as well as those who build and/or repair FRP panels.

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06.

TOXICITY

FRPs has a wide range of colors available in varying pigments with unique shades and transparencies which are aesthetically pleasing. Since its components are molded, color can be molded straight through the part.

But its colored cladding can fade due to sunlight and may result in the unattractive chalking of its surface. White colored FRP panels can become yellowish, and darker colors can lose their original sheen and noticeably fade.

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07.

COST

The cost of FRP is the same today as it was thirteen years ago.

But FRP cost, whether considered per unit weight or on the basis of force carrying capacity, is more expensive in comparison to PVC panels.

Read more about how much FRP cost these days here: https://www.duramaxpvcpanels.com/what-do-frps-cost-these-days/

Check out the alternative to FRP and why is it better: https://www.duramaxpvcpanels.com/dpp-vs-frp/

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