FRPs most common uses are in applications where its best properties are vital in the system use. FRP as an overall material is lightweight allowing for ease of installation, delivery and movement as a larger unit can simply be moved using human weight, often not requiring lifting apparatus. It is highly resistant to corrosion, with protector specifically using a smooth moulded resin rich corrosion barrier inner layer, which means that these systems can be exposed to chemicals in which regular material would fail and makes it a material that is highly appropriate to use in water applications or where the system is immersed in effluent which a wide range of possibilities of chemical composition. FRP systems are also able to be fully immersible with out any form of water leakage or FRP decay, with Protector using an external resin rich water penetration barrier.  It has a large amounts of benefits in the fabrication, manufacture and design phase as it is easily shaped and simply controls to develop into a wide variety of shapes and hence applications, whilst also not requiring any welding or torching systems to manufacture. The main advantage of FRP as a whole is its high strength, stiffness and impact resistance. These material advantages stem from their fibre nature. FRP is hence great for any situations of high stress and high load forces such as an underground installation and infrastructure applications. They have a high potential to replace conventional materials such as steel and concrete in these infrastructure systems due to their amazing high strength and stiffness, greater fatigue strength and energy absorption capacity and corrosion resistance among other advantages. Fibre reinforced polymers also have a long life, which may hinder their ability to be recycled, make them great in applications that involve long life systems. The most common industrial uses for Fibre reinforced composites are:

·        Windmill blades

·        Utility poles

·        High posts

·        Piping systems

·        Underground tank systems

·        Engine intake manifolds

·        Strengthening in beams, columns, slabs of building structures and bridges -There are three common scenarios where FRP has proven to be more economical than traditional strengthening methods:

·        Increases to a structures load capacity beyond the original specification or expectation

·        Seismic strengthening

·        Repairs to concrete structures that become damaged over time

In all cases, FRP has less spatial impact on the structure than traditional methods. It is a thin, yet high strength material. This translates into benefits such as not reducing a bridges clearance by more than the width of the material (less than 3 millimeters) plus the thin bonding and protective layers.

·        Elevator Cables

·        Blast Protection

·        Marine Systems

All of Protectors systems are designed and engineered using modern chop hoop filament winding with a chemically resistant interior layer making Protectors systems perfect for use in water systems. With our interior layers and exterior water penetration barriers our Stormwater treatment systems are perfect to deal with any chemical effluent without decay or failure. These systems can be fully immersed, installed underground or in any situation due to the high circumferential and longitudinal strength of our systems.

Written by Nathan D. Raco, in partnership with Protector Stormwater management Solutions

http://www.protector.com.au