TDC International uses customizable glass-fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) mechanical protection for steel pipes, field joints and other products.
Glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP), also called fibre glass, is a composite typically made of polyester resins and glass fibres. The strands of fibres allow the material to be strong along their longitudinal axis. The individual components of the material can be processed in such a way that the product properties can be flexibly formulated into practically any requirements.
This material offers many convincing advantages. GRP can be stronger than metal, wood, concrete or ceramic materials while at the same time being lighter in weight. One of the key features of GRP is its extreme corrosion-resistant characteristic. Other important advantages of GRP include its good resilience to chemicals, high temperature, mechanical scratches, good insulating properties, excellent weather resistance and low thermal conductivity. With this material, the engineering team has great design flexibility in the application and moulding process.
GRP also serves as a load-bearing construction material in a wide spectrum of areas. Together with its classical applications in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and aircraft construction, in recent years GRP has also become an established product in the various other building and construction industries.
Key features of GRP are: