FRP Benefits

FRP composites have many benefits to their selection and use. The selection of the materials depends on the performance and intended use of the product. The composites designer can tailor the performance of the end product with proper selection of materials. It is important for the end-user to understand the application environment, load performance and durability requirements of the product and convey this information to the composites industry professional. A summary of composites for infrastructure applications include:

  • Lightweight
  • High Strength
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Long-term durability
  • Large part geometry

These basic benefits translate improved performance for the bridge engineer including:

  • Product and system design can be optimized for specific loads
  • Reduced structure dead load can increase load ratings on existing structures
  • Increased service-life of structure
  • Reduced maintenance costs due to resistance from deicing salts and other corrosive agents
  • Engineered system packaging reduces field installation time
  • Faster construction reduces traffic delays
  • Reliability of pre-engineered systems
  • Enhanced durability and fatigue characteristics as proven in related applications from other industries
  • Products and systems enables value engineering that result in innovative and efficient installations