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FRP Vs Metal: Which One To Choose?

Sep. 14. 2022

Anti-glare plates are a traffic safety product manufactured to be installed on the central divider of motorways to address glare from oncoming headlights. It is mostly installed on the guardrail of the central divider of the motorway or between the guardrails and is also set on the central opening movable guardrail.


According to the production process, there are FRP compression molding, FRP extrusion molding, plastic roto molding, plastic blow molding, plastic injection molding, and plastic extrusion molding.


From the size distribution, the height is 0.7m ~ 1.1m, the width is 140mm ~ 290mm, and the thickness is 3mm ~ 70mm.


There are also a variety of materials, such as SMC glass fiber, DMC glass fiber, HDPE (high-density polyethylene), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), ABS, etc.

FRP Anti-Glare Plate

 FRP Anti-Glare Plate

FRP anti-glare plate is a composite type material made of glass fiber roving, glass fiber, continuous felt, unsaturated polyester resin, and filler, using special pultruded forming equipment. The product has the following advantages.


Lightweight and robust


Good anti-glare effect

Stable structure, beautiful appearance, and solid installation


Fiber-reinforced plastics (FRPs) are composite materials that are unique and valuable raw materials in many ways. one of the most attractive properties of FRPs is that they can be adapted to almost any environment - especially those where conventional materials have a short life span and require a lot of maintenance.


FRPs, on the other hand, require little maintenance, even in environments with harsh elements such as corrosive material exposure, UV exposure, and electrical hazards. FRP is a very cost-effective solution for many industries due to its reliability compared to traditional materials such as metal and wood.

 FRP Anti-Glare Plate

  FRP Anti-Glare Plate

5 reasons why FRP is better than metal

When considering materials for structures in harsh environments, the biggest financial concern is cost or maintenance. While materials and installation are significant upfront costs regardless of the material used, metal has the most expensive permanent maintenance costs. Not to mention that eventually the metal will corrode, rust, and break, or will also cause electrical accidents.


Due to its growing reputation in industrial workplaces, FRP has become the new choice for companies around the world, and for good reason.


  • High strength-to-weight ratio - FRP is much lighter than metal, but despite its lower weight, has a higher strength-to-weight ratio. Due to the nature of glass fibers, FRP also has an amazing bending, compression, and impact strength to metal weight ratio. This lightweight is also important because it makes transport logistics and installation cheaper and easier. All these benefits without sacrificing strength.


  • Tailored to your needs - every industry has its own unique challenges to overcome. For example, when serving our chemical plant customers, we have to ensure that their FRP has a level of corrosion resistance unmatched by any other material. Metal rusts and corrodes - this is a fact. FRP structures are extremely resistant to corrosion, while metal requires more maintenance to ensure its safety - FRP is still safe.


  • Anisotropic - When our factory teams take advantage of the anisotropic properties of FRP, they can improve the performance and efficiency of your structure. As maximum strength is directly related to the orientation of the fiber bundles of the reinforced plastic - our teams can optimize the material we create to achieve the highest level of structure.


  • High tensile strength with higher flexibility - as mentioned earlier, FRP is known for its outstanding strength. This also applies to tensile strength compared to metals. Because FRPs are so flexible, they can withstand impacts better than metals. Metals are prone to denting and deformation when considerable impacts occur. FRP, on the other hand, does not remain rigid, so it can absorb the impact and disperse it over a larger surface area.


  • Design flexibility - virtually any design or shape can be created to suit your specific requirements. This is a huge advantage over traditional materials, especially metal. When FRP is at the center of your project, you get the added benefits of streamlined design, integration, and noise reduction.


The fiber bundles are responsible for much of the strength found in FRP, with the resin providing resistance to corrosion and direct stress on the fibers. Because the resin is thermosetting, FRP does not melt when heated, as this material is non-melting.

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