Fiber Reinforced Plastic or Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are created using high-quality polymer and fibers that enhance the surface’s strength and durability. Since 1978, AMICO Seasafe® FRP products have been tested and proven in the harsh environment of the offshore Oil & Gas industry. Our Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products provide the load capacity of steel, plus the inherent characteristics afforded by Pultrusion Technology: non-conductive, non-magnetic, and corrosion-resistant. These characteristics reduce shock hazard and make our Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products transparent to radio waves, radar and microwaves.
Although light in weight, the strength to weight ratio of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products surpasses that of equivalent steel products. Our FRP products weigh 1/3 that of steel products and are pound for pound stronger. This makes them easy to install, reduces the possibility of lifting accidents, and lowers transportation costs. AMICO Seasafe® FRP products are available in both polyester and vinylester resin systems. Our Fiber Reinforced Plastics are manufactured to meet ASTM E-84, Class 1 Flame Rating and self-extinguishing requirements of ASTM D-635. FRP will not rust, nor does it ever require painting. AMICO Seasafe® FRP products are in two colors: gray (polyester resin) and beige (vinylester resin), with custom colors available upon request. A surface veil is applied during the pultrusion process to ensure a resin-rich surface for superior corrosion resistance, as well as an ultraviolet exposure barrier.
How are FRP products produced?
We manufacture and fabricate a diverse product offering in fiberglass using primarily two processes:
Pultrusion is a continuous molding process in which glass roving, glass matting and a synthetic surface veil are pulled simultaneously through a flame-retardant polyester or vinylester resin bath. Geometric shapes are formed and solidified as they are pulled through a heated steel die. Our pultruded shapes can be used to make structures of all types such as channels, square tubes and bearing bars for our Gator Deck pultruded grading panel. At the end of the production line the finished FRP product is cut off to a desired length.
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are molded by placing glass fibers into the mold. The dry fibers are wetted by hand or by injecting a resin into a closed mold. The FRP products are cured prior to removing the mold resulting into a final product shaped like the inside of the mold.
What are the benefits of FRP products?
FRP is light weight with a high strength to weight ratio
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products have a much higher strength to weight ratio compared to traditional building products such as steel, concrete or wood.
FRP is durable and corrosion resistant
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products resist high impacts and scratches, and provide corrosion resistance in highly corrosive environments such as maritime environments, and oil and gas or chemical industries.
FRP is UV resistant
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are UV resistant making them a perfect solution in sunny or maritime environments.
FRP is non-conductive
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are non-conductive, eliminating unforeseen occurrences related to touch and step potential in high voltage environments such as electric substations, or electricity intensive production facilities.
FRP is slip resistant
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are slip resistant making them a perfect alternative to steel grating surfaces.
FRP is fire resistant
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are manufactured to meet ASTM E-84, Class 1 Flame Rating and self-extinguishing requirements of ASTM D-635.
FRP products are easy to install and have a long, maintenance free service life
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are easy to install as they can be cut with standard hand tools, and are connected with bolts and clips requiring no welding. FRP products won’t weaken over time, are water and mold resistant, and can be easily cleaned with a high-pressure washer.
Where are FRP products being used?
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products are ideal for ladders, stairs, platforms, handrails, guardrails, cable trays in harsh environments such as maritime environments or highly corrosive environments in industries like Oil & Gas, chemical, utilities, wastewater, food & beverage processing, recreational & water parks, aquariums, and special projects.