The properties of fibre-reinforced plastic

Fibre-reinforced plastic products are well-suited for demanding objects. The products are dimensionally accurate representative and sustainable, providing almost limitless designing possibilities. Objects demanding mechanical strength, objects demanding the ability to withstand chemicals or objects otherwise demanding major technical properties and shapes are the best thing that can be achieved with fibre-reinforced plastics. The finished product can be painted or taped to wanted appearance.

Reinforced plastics are a recent class of materials in which the low modulus and temperature limitations of plastic is overcome by reinforcing it with fibres of high modulus. Reinforced plastics find extensive use in many fields, such as automobiles and corrosion-resistant equipment like fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks, vessels, etc. Reinforced plastics, also known as polymer-matrix composite (PMC) and fiber reinforced plastics (FRP), consist of fibers (the discontinuous or dispersed, phase) in a polymer matrix (the composition phase). These fibers are strong and stiff and they have high specific strength (strength-to-weight ratio) and specific stiffness (stiffness-to-weight ratio). In addition, reinforced-plastic structures have improved fatigue resistance, greater toughness and higher creep resistance than those made of unreinforced plastics.

Properties granted by technical additional materials

Properties and malleability

Fibre-reinforced plastic consists of polyester resin with glass fiber as stiffener. There are also a variety of composite materials to provide the right kind of strength for different uses.

The UV-radiation resistance of FRP is excellent. When necessary the product can be made so as to withstand strong acids and high temperatures. There are also nonflammable options among the materials.

FPR is easy to fix, unlike other types of plastic.

Why glass fiber, not plastic or plate?