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Crucial Benefits and Advantages of GRP Pipes

GRP Pipes

GRP (Glass Reinforced plastics) are the idealistic ‘Best of Both Worlds’. They are a composite of two or more different materials and the desired features chosen as necessary from those two materials come together to form an amalgam that combines the best features of both of these materials, to create a unique blend.

The pipes made from cast glass-fibre exist as a mixture of thermosetting plastics (unsaturated polyester or vinyl ester resins, minced glass fibres) and any other suitable reinforcing agents to further strengthen the material. This standard wall structure makes sure that the individuality of the materials is brought to the fore while highlighting their desired features to stand out and add to the eventual result.

These GRP are used in a lot of everyday industries and it would be difficult to imagine life in these industries without GRP-

  • The Automotive industry (bumpers, bodies, etc.)
  • The Aerospace industry (tail units, panels, etc.)
  • The Water and wastewater engineering (pipes, tanks, manholes)
  • The Chemical industry
  • The Renewable energy industries using Wind turbines
  • The Electrical industry
  • The Sports equipment industry, etc.

One can a-la-carte essentially any mechanical or electrical aspect they so desire in their final material by choosing the apt raw materials and the corresponding matrix and other necessary agents.

It can have high stiffness, non-conductivity, non-magnetic properties and so much more. High corrosion resistance is the main feature used in the water industry and water-based energy industries. They can have excellent hydraulic properties as well as abrasion resistance alongside myriad other features like the following:

  • They are lightweight and easy to handle
  • They are strong, durable and can be made resistant to many factors
  • They can be used in greywater systems
  • They can also be formatted in an aesthetically pleasing way
  • An extension of the above property is the ability to have extensive detailing abilities.
  • It is flexible and thoroughly versatile
  • It has a long service life
  • Can be made resistant to fire
  • Can be manufactured to be UV resistant also

Most importantly, it is recyclable at the end of its life of service (assuming such an option is made usable by the manufacturer).

Environmental Advantages

 A GRP system does not emit any chemicals once installed and is thus usable in any greywater system with absolute safety. It is preferred worldwide for eco-friendly and green roofing and other structural purposes.

  • At the fag end of the service life of a GRP system, it can be broken down into its constituent elements which can then be further recycled into new materials thus saving money for the customer and the industry and also greatly helping the environment.
  • In many cases, in the industry, materials like lead are stolen because of their monetary value. They are stolen from linings, pipes etc. But, a GRP system once installed, has no scrap value to a thief and this prevents any motive for theft under any circumstance.
  • A GRP system has a long life and is incredibly easy to install. The fact that they are made out of glass fibres and resin makes then very light but also durable to a great extent. Their tensile strength is of great magnitude and they are generally inert in nature. They have low density and thus less weight but have incredible mechanical resistance.
  • They show resistance to corrosion and scaling. These GRP pipes are fairly flexible in nature and are thus very easy to install through bends and corners. They reduce the need for joints to almost an absolute nil and thus the overall stability of the system is increased greatly even when laid out for long distances.
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