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FRP in Architectural designs.

The use of FRP materials has a long history across many industries such as Mining, Industrial, Water Treatment and Oil and Gas. In more recent times, FRP / GRP materials have found their way into residential and commercial architectural designs mainly in the form of decking, boardwalks and screening.

The vast benefits of FRP such as rust and rot resistant, low to no ongoing maintenance, high strength to weight ratio, lightweight, strong etc coupled with new aesthetically pleasing designs means FRP materials are becoming more common place.

FRP architectural Designs outdoor seating
FRP architectural Designs
FRP architectural Designs outdoor
FRP architectural Designs indoor

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Designed for the most arduous environments.

Chemical processing facilities are inherently corrosive places. Vast budgets are set aside to combat the effects of corrosion and depending on the size of the plant, can be a losing battle.

According to Wikipedia…Rust is an iron oxide, a usually red oxide formed by the redox reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture. Several forms of rust are distinguishable both visually and by spectroscopy, and form under different circumstances. Rust consists of hydrated iron(III) oxides Fe2O3·nH2O and iron(III) oxide-hydroxide (FeO(OH), Fe(OH)3).Given sufficient time, oxygen, and water, any iron mass will eventually convert entirely to rust and disintegrate. Surface rust is flaky and friable, and it provides no protection to the underlying iron, unlike the formation of patina on copper surfaces. Rusting is the common term for corrosion of iron and its alloys, such as steel.

No amount of painting will make up for the damage that corrosion does to the parent material. Painting can also give you a false sense of security when applied to tubular materials as the outside may look like new whereas the inner surface which is not visible can be nearing a point of failure.

FRP Design Arduous Environments

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Perhaps we’re getting closer to fiberglass recycling

Article courtesy of www.compositesworld.com

Earlier this year I wrote an article on composites recycling (here’s the link: https://www.compositesworld.com/articles/composites-recycling-gaining-traction ) and one of the things that struck me was how little fiberglass composite waste was being recycled. OK, I know you’re thinking, carbon is worth recycling and glass is not, because carbon has more value. But we’re coming to a point where composite parts, carbon and glass, have been deployed for several decades, and perhaps are nearing the end of their service lives — do we just throw these parts away? For example, how do you throw away a wind blade that’s 50m long? The disposal of spent blades is a growing problem that tends to be ignored by renewable energy advocates.

General Electric (Boston, MA, US) recently posted an article entitled “Comeback Kids: This Company Gives Old Wind Turbine Blades A Second Life” written by Amy Kover, on its GE Reports web site, a daily news, video and social media hub featuring timely, insightful articles. According to the article, repowering — or replacing existing technology with more advanced tech, such as newer blades — can increase an entire wind farm’s performance by up to 25 percent and extend its life by up to 20 years. But, says Kover, repowering also creates a new twist on the ages-old conundrum trailing progress: what to do with the obsolete technology. Crushing a blade yields about 15,000 pounds of fiberglass waste, and the process creates hazardous dust. Given their enormous length, sending them to a landfill whole is out of the question.

Fiber Glass recycling
This photo is taken from a YouTube video posted by Matpro Machinery (Glasgow, Scotland) showing how their equipment is used to recycle old wind turbine blades.

The article goes on to describe the efforts of Ronald Albrecht and Don Lilly of Global Fiberglass Solutions Inc. (Bothell, WA, US). Their Seattle-area-based company, which has been recycling fiberglass since 2008, has invented a way to transform the old blades into products like manhole covers, building panels and pallets. The process begins at the wind farm itself, where technicians from GFSI cut dismantle blades into more manageable 37-meter chunks. To minimize — if not eliminate — hazardous dust, GFSI uses wet wire blades that are thin and strong enough to slice each wind blade open as cleanly as a cantaloupe. Then the company sprays a light mist of water so that debris rains into a giant dustpan lying beneath the blade.

Next, GFSI loads the dismantled blades onto trucks and hauls them to nearby yards where the blades are shredded into raw fiberglass material. A single blade yields about 15-20 bags of this waste, weighing between 700 and 1,000 pounds each. GFSI will reuse 100 percent of each blade. Even the bolts that circle the blade’s end section go to a metal salvage site for recycling.

According to GFSI, it has developed a patented and proprietary process for recycling fiberglass, grinding it into recyclable feedstock that is mixed with other compounds to form a moldable material, that it has trademarked Ecopolycrete, and making new products, like manhole covers, which are made of the reclaimed fiberglass mixed with rock and filler, says Kover’s article. Here’s a link to the GFSI web site: https://www.global-fiberglass.com/.

GE, which has been working with GFSI, can then buy back its old wind blades as new products. GFSI has recycled a total 564 blades for GE in less than a year, and based on current plans, GFSI estimates that GE could reuse 50 million pounds of fiberglass waste in the next couple of years.

This is just one of several ongoing projects related to recycling of fiberglass waste, primarily from wind blades, and it’s a topic that I’ll continue to keep tabs on. If you know of a glass recycling project, please let me know.

FRP Cable Ladders and Trays

The past decade has seen the use of FRP materials become more prevalent in many construction industries due the the many benefits the material offers. Historically, FRP materials were only considered in highly corrosive environments for obvious reasons.

The corrosion resistant glass fibre reinforced plastic (FRP/GRP) cable ladders are manufactured using various resin systems to suit each application from commercial to Offshore Oil and Gas.

FRP Cable Ladders
FRP Cable Trays

Complimentary Products

  • FRP Strut Profile
  • FRP Wall brackets
  • FRP Instrument Stands
  • FRP Threaded Rod and Nuts
  • FRP Cable Ladder Lids
  • FRP Divider Strips
  • FRP Cable Ladder Stands

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