Fibre-reinforced plastics/composites are now firmly established in the discussion on lightweight construction materials in a wide variety of applications. While several years ago composites were often only known to experts in the aerospace industry, they have now become established as a viable alternative to other construction materials.
However, these materials can do a great deal more. In addition to their low density and suitability for load-optimised structures, composites also have excellent properties beyond their use as lightweight construction materials.
Some of the properties presented here paved the way for composites more than 50 years ago, enabling it to enter an application that is often unknown to the public: the field of pipe/tank and plant construction. Many of the products used in this segment are located either underground or in closed facilities/systems, or the materials are not clearly identifiable as such.
Especially GRP (glass-fibre reinforced plastic), however, is a firmly established material with outstanding properties that are clearly superior to other materials. These advantages become obvious when we take a closer look at specific examples.
09 August 2021