FRP Pipes - What Are The Benefits Of Using FRP Pipes?
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Pipes are used in various industrial product applications including the handling of materials in a corrosive environment and also the transfer of corrosive products and materials. However, the fastest growing application of FRP systems is for industrial equipment. The application of FRP pipes ranges from handling of combustible and flammable liquids at retail facilities to water and sewer mains in the industrial and municipal markets.
Advantages of FRP Pipes
1. Corrosion resistance
FRP pipes inherit resistance to corrosion. In most cases, Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics are the only material that can handle some service environment. Moreover, their resistance to corrosion is normally combined with their cost advantage to make them the most acceptable solution. Corrosion resistance of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic pipes is a function of the total resin content and the resin used in the pipe laminate. Therefore, higher resin content means more resistance to corrosion.
2. Weight advantages
The high strength of FRP pipes plays a major role in the design of various FRP equipment and applications such as pultruded shapes. Moreover, the high strength combined with the light weight features make FRP pipes suitable for filament wound pipes and ducts.
FRP pipe has low weight to strength ratio, which is another distinct advantage of the FRP pipes. For the same strength, Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic pipes weigh approximately half as much as aluminum and one seventh as much as stainless steel.
Lightweight properties are vital especially when considering the ease and cost of installation of piping systems. FRP pipes’ inherent light weight is a major advantage when the equipment has to me mounted on an existing structure such as scrubbers on rooftops or mezzanines.
Lower cost is a major advantage of using FRP pipes because they offer an effective solution to corrosion at the lowest cost when compared to materials such as titanium, rubber lining and stainless steel. However, the cost advantage of such materials mainly depends on the design considerations, application, pressure involved, availability, raw material costs and product configurations.
FRP pipes are versatile in their applications is often overlooked. However, it is important to note that you can do things with Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic pipes which cannot be done effectively and economically with other readily available materials. FRP pipes can be used to mold any piece of equipment or configuration for which permanent or temporary molds can be built. For instance, duct work is quite easy with FRP pipes because you can make all types of Tee inlets, rectangular transitions, circular transitions, elbows, and flanges at minimal cost. Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic pipes can also be used to line new and existing structures.
The design of FRP systems has been greatly enhanced by using of computer software programs. These programs mainly include; chemical composition, gas flow analysis, liquid flow analysis, thrust block analysis, free span analysis, and installation information. This is very important in order to ensure that the specific requirements in different industries are fully met so as to guarantee maximum efficiency of FRP pipes.
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