FRP Engineering was contacted by a client with what appeared to be a pretty straight forward job on first look. A platform, walkway and stairs were required to replace a rotted timber structure and to provide access down a step bank to a river below. It had to be designed to met the relevant Australian standards (AS1657-2013 & AS 1170).
Where the job became a little more involved was the location. It was in the middle of nowhere and access was limited to “whatever you can carry in by hand”. For years, the job was put on hold while a suitable solution could be found by which time the existing timber platform was well past its used by date.
Steel was considered but proven to be far to heavy to carry down the steep bank and over the dam wall. Aluminium was then looked at however the cost of fabrication meant the client had to keep looking.
After much deliberation, FRP Engineering provided a solution that ticked all the boxes.
The lightweight nature of the FRP structural elements coupled with the design meant that components were easily carried to the site and assembled without the use of any specialised lifting equipment.
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Designers are turning to FRP as the material of choice for Urban infrastructure and public access boardwalks, viewing platforms and walkways for many more reasons than it is an overall cheaper solution.
After considering total lifecycle costs, for which FRP proves a market leader, installation of any structure is a big consideration. The lightweight nature of FRP makes installation a breeze. Coupled with the fact that FRP will not rot or rust, you will find a compelling argument to use FRP for your next project.
The aesthetic look of the minimesh or micromesh FRP grating and the ability to manufacture in colours that best suit your design finishes off the materials that you can’t see, the FRP structure under the grating.
- Pedestrian Bridges
- Viewing Platforms
- Stairs and Landings
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Given the highly corrosive nature of the chemicals, designers of a new purpose built chemical storage facility located in Perths’ south had to consider the long term maintenance requirements of the access infrastructure. Over the years, the cost to maintain corroding materials can be more costly than the initial capital costs. It turned out to be an easy decision, enter FRP.
When considering all the attributes of FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) materials such as:
- Light weight
- High Strength to Weight Ratio
- Corrosion Resistance
- Low Installation Cost
FRP came out significantly ahead of traditional materials.
FRP infrastructure included:
- Approximately 120 metres of Tank top access walkways
- Pipe Crossover stairs
- Bund Access Stairs
- Equipment Access Platforms
The added benefit of using FRP materials are
- The initial capital costs were far less than their metallic alternatives.
- FRP materials are significantly lighter than metallic materials meaning that walkways could be designed without the use of many columns which made the installation much cheaper and quicker.
- The concrete membrane required far less penetrations for the columns which meant significant savings in repair coating of chemical anchors.
For more information relating to these, or other FRP materials, please feel free to contact FRP Engineering.