Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer advantages & disadvantages
Described as the `wonder material of the century`, carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) is favoured by concrete repairs and strengthening specialists all over. The popularity of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer raised in 2016 and has been that way since – and we can see why! Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer is almost 4 x stronger than aluminium and 75 x lighter than steel, and gets the job done quickly, easily, and oftentimes more effectively in comparison to materials with similar applications. We could talk about the pros all day – but what about the cons?
Read on to learn the pros & cons of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer.
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Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer advantages
- It is light weight which means fewer resources workers are needed to deliver and complete the project = a cost-effective option.
- It has high fatigue resistance and the flexible carbon fibres crack far less frequently than traditional alternatives like concrete and steel (especially when they’re subject to repeat load-bearing weight).
- Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer has a higher `compression` strength than materials like aluminium and steel. This means that carbon fibre handles more pressure than its traditional alternatives.
- It survives the majority of severe environmental conditions like humidity, rainfall, radiation, chemical exposure, and more. It doesn’t corrode or deteriorate, so any mechanics coated in carbon fibre will work continue to work efficiently.
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Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer disadvantages
Carbon fibre products are expensive compared to other structural building materials used for the same jobs. Though, while products like aluminium and steel are cheaper initially, they require more manpower due to the weight. We always recommend booking a cost analysis before making a decision – that way you can notice the price difference and whether it’s worth it for you.
It conducts heat and electricity, so it may not be the best choice for your project if your building or structure works with either of these elements. We always recommend booking a feasibility analysis to see whether carbon fibre-reinforced polymer is the right option, or whether there’s a suitable alternative.
Carbon fibre-reinforced polymer in action: London South Bank University
Curious about what carbon fibre-reinforced polymer can do? Read all about our recent London South Bank University project.