GRP composite materials in construction: properties, applications and durability

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TypeArticle
Journal titleIndian Forum
ISSN0380-0857
Volume9
Issue1
Pages2732; # of pages: 6
Subjectreinforced plastics; durability; application; property (quality); Plastics; plastique reinforce; durabilite; application; propriete
AbstractThe nature and properties of glass-fiber reinforced polyester (GRP) materials are described, and their principal applications in construction outlined. The influence of formulation, type of reinforcement and fabrication technique, and the nature of the surface finish, on the properties and durability of the GRP composite material, is analyzed. GRP composites are common in construction; the main components are the matrix and the reinforcing glass, which cooperate to provide the special properties of the composite. Production techniques include hand lay-up, continuous production and matched-die molding. Properties depend on composition and fabrication, e.g. resin formulation, fillers, curing, reinforcement, coupling agent, surface finish and workmanship. GRP composites are used as light-transmitting panels, sandwich panels, modular units and for miscellaneous applications (storage tanks, formwork, windows etc.) Breakdown occurs at the glass-resin interface and by surface micro-cracking. The text is accompanied by microphotographs and by an extensive bibliography.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierDBR-P-823
NRC number17191
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NPARC number20375205
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