What is GRP
GRP is an acronym for Glass Reinforced Plastic, and it’s also commonly referred to as fibreglass. Essentially, GRP is manufactured from a number of different materials including glass fibres typically with a polyester or vinylester thermoset resin matrix. GRP is a material that’s in high-demand and it’s no surprise when you take the time to explore the wide range of desirable properties that is has to offer. Properties include;-
- High Corrosion Resistance – GRP performs excellent, even in the harshest and most challenging of environments. It provides total resistance against chloride ion attacks unlike traditional materials such as steel, aluminium or other metals.
- High Strength – GRP also provide superior strength-to-weight ration when compared to traditional materials. The high glass-to-resin ratios used in our technically advanced formulation ensure our GRP products outperform and outlast traditional materials.
- Low Maintenance – Another property of GRP is the fact that it requires minimal maintenance. As GRP is an incredibly resistant material, it provides an unrivalled low-maintenance solutions and can last for decades.
- Non-Conductive – GRP is also a non-conductive material which means that it is ideally suited for use on electrically hazardous sites. The non-sparking qualities of GRP make it suitable for locations where combustible gases may be present.
What Is GRP Used For?
GRP is used for a wide range of applications and industries. Here at Engineered Composites, we provide a wide range of products to ensure compliance, improve safety measures for the general public and to improve business operations. Our wide range of products include the following;-
Fire Retardant Profiles
GRP Pultruded Profiles
GRP Rods & Tubes
GRP Scaffold Tubes
GRP Standard Handrails
GRP Modular Handrails
GRP Moulded Gratings
GRP Mesh Fencing
GRP Palisade Fencing
GRP Anti-Slip Products
GRP Interlocking Floors
What’s The Difference Between GRP, FRP & GFRP?
It can be very confusing. The acronyms stand for the following:-
• FRP Fibre Reinforced Polymer
• GFRP Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer
• GRP Glass Reinforced Polymer
Therefore the terms FRP, GFRP and GRP can all mean a Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer. However there are other fibres which can reinforce polymers. For example the fibres could be :-
• Natural fibres eg flax
For example, in the case of Carbon , the polymer is called CFRP, Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer. FRP has great potential in infrastructure and building applications because it is a high-strength, fatigue resistant, lightweight and durable material.
GRP – The Industries
Engineered Composites supply a multitude of GRP products to a wide range of industries, markets and sectors including;-
- Water – GRP interlocking flooring, anti-slip products, GRP pultruded profiles, and GRP stair treads.
- Rail – GRP handrails, GRP fencing, GRP pultruded profiles, GRP anti-slip products, and moulded gratings.
- Leisure – GRP handrails, GRP pultruded profiles, GRP anti-slip products, and GRP fencing.
- Manufacturing – GRP handrails, anti-slip products, GRP pultruded profiles, GRP mesh fencing, and moulded gratings.
- Construction – GRP handrails, GRP rebar, GRP pultruded profiles, GRP scaffold tubes, and GRP moulded gratings.
- Electrical – GRP handrails, GRP rebar, GRP pultruded profiles, GRP fencing, and moulded gratings.
- Marine – GRP handrails, GRP rebar, GRP interlocking flooring, anti-slip products, and moulded gratings.
- Industrial – GRP handrails, GRP fencing, GRP interlocking flooring, moulded gratings, and GRP pultruded profiles.