FRP for the Rail Industry
The use of FRP for the rail industry is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Replacing many traditional materials like timber and steel. Fibreglass reinforced polymer structures, bridges and products offer flexible design and ease of installation.
Here are some of the possible applications.
FRP is an ideal material for bridge. The lightweight nature of the product allows for structures to be preassembled off site and easily moved to site. The pre-fab structures can then be easily and quickly installed with minimal disruption.
With FRP coming in at up to 75% lighter than steel, the need for heavy duty lifting equipment is reduced.
The structures are designed to meet the flame spread burning characteristics of ASTM E84 and the self-extinguishing requirements of ASTM D-635.
FRP structure can be used in waiting bays in rail service yards or other ancillary locations . Unlike steel structures, FRP does not conduct electricity reducing the risk to people around the tracks.
Flat panels can also be used to isolate substations, preventing personnel from coming into contact with conducting surfaces. The flat panels also deliver a clean and long lasting finish,
The versatile nature of the profiles allows for even the most complex structures to be put together. Allowing track access stairs to be fitted to even difficult slopes. As FRP is lightweight, sections of the stairs can be pre-assembled and quickly placed onsite.
The stair treads are non-slip and deliver safe performance over many years. Unlike other surfaces that degrade and can become slippery.
General Features of FRP for the Rail Industry
Corrosion resistant – Consistently out performs similar timber and steel products.
Lower Carbon footprint than many of the traditional materials making for a more sustainable product
Can weigh up to 75% less than steel. Making it easier and cheaper to install.
Virtually zero maintenance and a 50 year plus design life.
For more information on how FRP could benefit your next project, contact us today and a member of our friendly team will be able to assist you.