A brief guide on the benefits of using FRPs (fibre-reinforced polymer) composites
Any modern-day construction worker will tell you about the benefits of FRPs – especially those specialising in concrete strengthening and structural rehabilitation. In this article, we explain the key benefits of using FRPs (fibre-reinforced polymer) composites and why you may consider using them for your projects today.
Top qualities of FRPs (fibre-reinforced polymer) composites
- FRPs are extremely flexible
Fibre-reinforced polymer composites can bend and flex in any direction – making them an ideal strengthening solution for those hard-to-reach areas like columns, openings and beams. What’s more, FRPs can be cut into strips or lengths to fit any shape or size space you need to cover. The main structural assets we use FRPs on includes, but is not limited to:
- Curved edges
- They’re thin and light-weight, which means less manpower and easy transportation
Arguably, one of the best qualities of FRPs is that they are very thin (0.5-1mm approx.) AND light-weight (around 600g per m2) – making them one of the easiest strengthening composites to work with. These fascinating materials are not demanding of your tradespeople – where steel and other traditional materials require two men, FRPs will generally require one.
- FRPs are deceivingly strong
Though FRPs make for a light load to carry, they are unbelievably strong. Typically, the strength-to-weight ratio of FRPs is ten times that of steel alloy and two-three times of reinforcing steel. The strength-to-weight ratio is just a measurement that states how much strength vs weight/mass; of course, you’ll want a strong material over a heavy one!
- They are space-savers
Because FRPs are so thin, they can wrap tightly around structures (like beams and columns), taking up the bare minimum of extra space. If you were to use concrete or strengthening steel, however – you’d lose the area around each beam or column because these alternative materials are much thicker set, think of the value of property £/mm2?
Book your FREE feasibility survey for FRPs today
Responsible for a structural strengthening or rehabilitation project? You may well benefit from using FRPS (fibre-reinforced polymer) composites. They’re light, thin, strong, and can save your overall project time & money. Get in touch to book your FREE feasibility survey & cost analysis today (both are no-obligation).