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How is Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Fabricated?

In this post, the second of our FRP blog post series, we’re going to cover three of the most common fabrication methods for fiberglass reinforced plastic. The first of which is the most basic: Hand Lay-Up This is the most basic of fabrication techniques for fiber-glass-reinforced plastics. Sometimes, it is also referred to as “contact […]

Smoke Resistance? Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic is Smokin’

But seriously, during a fire fiberglass reinforced plastic does create smoke.  As we mentioned in a previous blog post, new regulations and code requirements regulating smoke toxicity have made smoke an important consideration, for some. Why Is Smoke A Concern? Personnel safety is the main reason why smoke is a concern in service environments. Smoke […]

What is FRP?

Fiberglass reinforced plastic is not only versatile, but also offers a wide range of practical and environmental benefits. The ins and outs of FRP have given rise to a lot of questions over the years, so we’ve put together a short series of blog posts to cover some of the basics of FRP. Starting with… […]

FRP Fire Resistance: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic and Fires

No one wants to have a fire in their building or business, but what if you do? How will materials made from fiberglass reinforced plastic react? What about FRP fire resistance? With new regulations and code requirements regulating smoke toxicity, like those in New York City, the amount of smoke created in a fire is […]

The Storage of Sulfuric Acid in FRP Composite Tanks

Sulfuric acid (H2SO4) is a chemical that presents unique handling and storage problems. In the higher concentration ranges (96% to 97%), sulfuric acid (66Be’) can be stored in cast iron or carbon steel.  High concentrations of sulphuric acid, however, are very detrimental to FRP composite equipment. At these higher concentrations, sulfuric acid must not come in contact […]

How to Properly Bury Fiberglass Piping

Beetle Plastics has developed a series of specifications that pertain to buried flexible fiberglass piping where the fiberglass pipe, trench walls, and bedding material work together to form a complete pipe support system. This post outlines the sections covered in our engineering document available for download. The elements of this system can best be defined […]

Fiberglass Pipe Thermal Expansion and Contraction

FRP Pipe Properties: Thermal Expansion and Contraction Beetle Plastics fiberglass pipe is filament wound and, therefore, has different thermal expansion in the hoop and axial direction. In the hoop direction, the thermal expansion is about the same as steel. However, in the axial direction, the thermal expansion of the fiberglass pipe is about twice that of […]

Improvements to Abrasion Resistant Pipe made from FRP Composites

Jack Mallinson of FMC Corporation’s plant in Front Royal, Virginia, working in conjunction with Beetle Plastics, then located in Fall River, Massachusetts, conducted some of the earliest work in improving abrasion resistance of FRP pipe. These original developments took place in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This work found that significant increases in abrasion […]

FRP and Abrasion Resistant Lining: Lined Pipe vs. Unlined Pipe

This is the second in a series of blog posts discussing lined FRP pipe vs. unlined FRP pipe. The first posts discusses corrosion resistance. In this post, we discuss abrasion resistance. Abrasion Resistance: There is an element of abrasive wear in almost all fluid service applications.  In the concern for corrosion resistance, this abrasion element […]

Lined Pipe vs. Unlined Pipe – Pipe Strength and Structural Integrity

In earlier posts, we discussed the first reason to choose lined FRP pipe: abrasion resistance and corrosion resistance. The third major reason to choose Lined FRP pipe is Structural Integrity.  While typically the corrosion barrier/liner is not counted on for adding strength to the FRP pipe, it does enhance the structural integrity.  Depending upon the service […]