FRP, or fiberglass reinforced plastic, tanks have significant advantages over other commercial materials. Over the years of development, various materials have been used in the construction of water tanks for industrial purposes. Many integrated systems are constructed of non-reinforced concrete or polyethylene and steel, but they don’t necessarily provide the same benefits of fiberglass. So, what are the advantages of fiberglass reinforced plastic?
1. Corrosion Resistance
The prime reason for using fiberglass reinforced plastics (FRP) is because of their inherent corrosion resistance. Suppose you need a product that will be exposed to freshwater, saltwater, sanitary water, or even the high salt content in the air near the ocean. In that case, corrosive resistant FRP is your material. Paired with the right resin, FRP can hold up in the most corrosive environments.
2. High Strength to Weight Ratio
FRP is not only durable but lightweight as well. On average, FRP weighs around 5.5 times less than a similar steel piece and is 75% lighter than a comparable aluminum piece. This lightweight attribute of FRP products can allow for a much easier installation. (Easier installations mean much lower installation costs!)
3. Non-Conductive/EMI and RFI Transparency
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) or radio-frequency interference (RFI) is crucial to take into consideration when you have equipment or instrumentation that depends on accurate readings. FRP material is transparent to electromagnetic and radio frequency interference. Additionally, FRP is non-conductive, so it works well as an electrical insulator
A considerable advantage of FRP is its lower cost. FRP is almost one-sixth of the price of stainless or carbon steel. In many cases, FRP may offer both a satisfactory solution to corrosion problems and the lowest cost among material options. Due to its excellent corrosion resistance, FRP can save more than 70% on maintenance costs.
Fiberglass can be made into many different shapes and sizes relatively easily as compared to metal. It is best for many applications because you can do things with it that cannot be done economically with other materials. You can mold almost any configuration or piece of equipment. It is even possible to use FRP to line existing structures.
FRP tanks are among the best when it comes to a water storage system. It is second-to-none for economy, customization, and strength when compared to other offerings in the industry. At American Sealants Inc. (ASI), we provide FRP and FRP tanks for turn-key, plug-and-play aquariums, water-retaining systems, touch tanks, large displays, and small displays: we do it all! Ready for unparalleled excellence? Call us for a quote!