The Uses Of FRP

The use of CMI LC for waterfront projects nowadays is not a rare sight. The durability and its quality make the frp composite the perfect material use for docks or pier construction. The concept of a fiber-reinforced material has been found in the use of straw as reinforcement in bricks manufactured in 800 BC in Israel. Whereas in the United States, the use of short glass fiber reinforcement for cement mixes has been carried out since the 1930s, and materials with a fiber-reinforced resin matrix (the composites we know today) have been developed since the 1940s.The term composite that is used later will refer to a polymer that is reinforced with fibers or commonly referred to as FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer).

After World War II, US manufacturers began producing composites with polyester resin as the matrix and glass fiber as reinforcement for hull and radome applications. In the automotive industry, composites were first used as vehicle bodies in the early 1950s. Since the properties of composites are highly desirable, in subsequent developments much research has been placed on the science of composite materials and their manufacturing processes. The composite properties include lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and high strength. The research that has been carried out has resulted in the development of two new manufacturing techniques that help advance composite technology to new markets, namely known as filament winding. From then on, great demand came from the leisure and sports industries such as fishing rods, tennis racquets, ski equipment, and golf clubs. The aerospace industry is also starting to use composites in pressure vessels, containers, and non-structural aircraft components.

In the United States Navy, composites are widely used in mine sweeping vessels, crew ships, and submarine spare parts. Besides, household consumers have also started installing composite baths, fences, stairs, and electrical appliances. Its first application to public facilities with composites was the dome structure built in Benghazi in 1968 and then the other structures followed slowly. With the increasing demand for composite materials, manufacturing processes such as extrusion, resin transfer molding, and filament winding have been continuously developed and implemented since the 1990s. In most developed countries the focus now is to rebuild transportation infrastructure using FRP composites for the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing bridges as well as for new construction.

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