Fiber Reinforced Polymer

A Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite is characterized as a polymer that is strengthened with a fiber. The important role of fiber fortification is to communicate stack along the length of the fiber and to give quality and firmness in a single direction. Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) speaks to a class of materials that falls into a classification alluded to as composite materials. Composite materials comprise of at least two materials that hold their separate substance and physical qualities when consolidated together. Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites are unique in relation to customary development materials like steel or aluminum. FRP composites are anisotropic (properties obvious toward connected load) though steel or aluminum is isotropic (uniform properties every which way, free of connected load). Subsequently FRP composites properties are directional, implying that the best mechanical properties are toward the fiber position.

Composite Components

  1. Fibers

The composite’s nature and characteristics are primarily inclined by the assortment of fibers. In civil engineering, there are basically three types of fibers which dominate. They are carbon, glass, and aramid fibers and the composite is usually coined by the reinforcing fiber, for instance, CFRP for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer. They possess variety of characteristics. For strengthening reasons carbon fibers are the best compatible. All fibers have basically greater stress capacity than the normal steel and are linear flexible until failure. The most eminent properties that vary among the fiber kinds are rigidity and tensile strain. The three fiber varieties are schematically presented in the figure below in contrast with a basic steel bar and a steel tendon.


Material Modulus of elasticity[GPa] Compressive Strength[MPa] Tensile Strength[MPa] Density


Concrete 20-40 5-60 1-3 2400
Steel 200-210 240-690 240-690 7800
Carbon fibre 200-800 NA 2500-6000 1750-1950


  1. Matrices

The matrix has to transfer forces among the fibers and shield the fibers from the exterior environment. In civil engineering, thermosetting resins (thermosets) are most dominantly utilized. Of the thermo sets vinyl ester and epoxy, these are the two most commonly utilized matrices. Epoxy is frequently preferred ahead of vinyl ester but is comparatively expensive. Epoxy has a pot life of approximately half hour at 20degree Celsius temperature yet can be altered with different formulations. The curing goes rapidly with amplified temperature. Material characteristics for polyester and epoxy are shown in table below. Epoxies have better strength, bond, creep properties and chemical resistance as well.


Properties of Matrix materials

Material Density


Tensile strength


Tensile modulus


Failure strain


Polyester 1000-1450 20-100 2.1-4.1 1.0-6.5
Epoxy 1100-1300 55-130 2.5-4.1 1.5-9.0


Types of Fiber Reinforced Polymers

The various varieties of reinforced polymer are glass fiber, carbon, aramid, polyester, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, polypropylene, and nylon. The alteration in properties of these fibers is because of the raw materials and the warmth at which the fiber is created.

  1. Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer

Glass fibers are basically made by blending silica sand, limestone, folic acid and other small substances. The mixture is then blended and warmed until it melts at about 1260°C. The molten glass is then permitted to flow via the fine holes in a platinum surface. The glass strands are allotted some time to cool, gathered and wounded.  The fibers are drawn to amplify the directional strength. The fibers are then woven into different varieties for the utilization in the composites.

Depending on an aluminum lime borosilicate composition glass created fibers are taken into the account as the principal reinforcement for polymer matrix composites courtesy of their high electrical insulating nature, lower susceptibility to humidity and greater mechanical characteristics. Glass is normally a good impact resistant fiber but has mass of more than carbon or aramid. Glass fibers have brilliant properties equivalent to or more efficient than steel in many forms.

  1. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer

Carbon fibers have a greater modulus of elasticity, 200-800 GPa. The vital elongation is 0.3-2.5 % where the lower elongation compliments to the greater rigidity and vice versa. Carbon fibers do not soak up water and are defiant to many kinds of chemical solutions. They can effectively endure fatigue, do not stress or crumble and do not show any kind of relaxation or creep, having less relaxation in comparison to low relaxation high tensile pre-stressing steel strands.

Carbon fiber is positively electrically conductive and, consequently may give galvanic corrosion when brought in direct exposure with steel.

  1. Aramid Fiber Reinforced Polymer

Aramid refers to the short name for aromatic polyamide. A famous commercial trademark of aramid fibers is Kevlar. However, there are many other brands too available in the market for instance, Twaron, Technora and SVM. The module of the fibers is 70-200 GPa with final maximum length of 1.5-5% based on the grade and quality. Aramid has greater fracture energy and is hence utilized for helmets and also is useful for bullet-proof clothes. Aramid fibers are responsive to high temperatures, humidity and especially to ultraviolet radiation and as a result not extensively utilized in civil engineering methodologies. Additional aramid fibers do have troubles with lessening and stress corrosion.

Advantages of fiber reinforced polymers

The advantages of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) are as follow:

  • Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) has the capacity to give a highest material rigidity to density ratio of 3.5 to 5 times in relation to steel or aluminum.
  • It possesses high fatigue burden limits
  • It is porous to impact energies
  • The material nature could be strengthened when needed
  • The rust potential is diminished
  • Joints and fasteners are nullified or simplified.


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