GRP building materials help create innovative, durable and sustainable bridges
One of the most promising groups of building materials in the building industry today is fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) (also called glass-reinforced polymer or GRP). This thermosetting plastic combines glass fibres and polymer to create a building product that is strong, rigid and easy to work with.
Australia is a famously harsh and rugged country with an environment that’s not overly kind towards the building materials we use. Storms, floods, drought and fire ravage our lands every year and our building materials need to be able to withstand the worst our surroundings can throw at them.
Fibre-reinforced polymer is:-
- Easy to work with
- Extremely strong
- Termite resistant
- Won’t corrode or rot
- Available in a wide range of colours
Cost savings by using FRP products by reduced energy costs in the following areas:-
- Hoisting and craning
- Supporting structures
- Maintenance and upkeep
Humans have built bridges for thousands of years, but never like this
Some engineers, driven by challenges such as maintenance and durability have been searching for alternatives to traditional bridge-building materials. The fact FRP products offer a low-density product that’s incredibly strong and durable is exciting for many engineers and architects.