FIBER REINFORCED PLASTIC FRP
''FRP is the only choice if we are looking at boat building from a mass production point of view. Our vessels are built in series, and FRP offer us all the possible advantages that a composite material can offer “
What is Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) ?
FRP is a composite material made of two majors components: resin and reinforcement. It is a common mistake to think that FRP is a standard plastic and a fragile material. In fact, the cured thermosetting properties of any resin are vastly improved by adding a reinforcing fiber such as carbon fiber, glass, or aramid. After this chemical reaction, the material obtained is rigid, irreversible, and unchangeable.
Considering the superior mechanical properties of FRP which provide unique benefits to a wide range of products, composites are used in an extensive variety of application in several sectors such as aircraft industry, wind turbines, automotive and architecture.
FRP offers a wide range of advantages when it comes to boat building, from a light weight, to a bigger weight to strength ratio, and a better reaction to impact. It is also a free-corrosion material, that requires free maintenance and very easy to repair.
Why choose FRP in boat building rather than metals?
Weigh to strength ratio
Composites materials offers the same resistance as metals
FRP is lighter.
FRP boat are more fuel efficient.
FRP has anisotropic properties, can be engineered to have additional reinforcement in the direction of stresses.
Composites Materials are more efficient structures at lighter weights
When metals receive impact, they can yield or dent. While FRP composites have no yield point and will not dent.
FRP composites have a really good resistance to the marine environment.
FRP composites are relatively free maintenance and easy to repair.