Today’s construction industry looks for reliable materials that are lightweight, sturdy, and environmentally friendly.
Concrete, steel, and wood are standard when building pedestrian and road bridges. However, people are hoping for something more advanced and efficient – after careful research and the introduction of advanced technology, the FRP composite material was born.
FRP stands for fibreglass-reinforced polymer, a robust, lightweight material with powerful corrosion resistance. This is made by combining a polymer matrix with high-strength fibreglass.
But what makes FRP-driven piles better for constructing pedestrian bridges? Explore their advantages below:
High Strength-to-Weight Ratio
FRP is an incredibly light material that makes it simple to transport and install without requiring specialised equipment and heavy machinery.
FRP composites are special because, despite their lightweight properties, these materials are exceptional strength-to-weight ratios, which means they are tougher than they look. FRP pedestrian bridges are strong enough to support foot traffic while remaining light and flexible.
The greatest advantage of FRP pedestrian bridges is their higher corrosion resistance versus similar structures made with other materials.
Unlike steel construction materials, FRP composite piles do not rust, making them ideal for coastal or humid environments. FRP can also withstand repeated contact with water, chemicals, and other corrosive materials.
Low Maintenance, Long Life
Steel and concrete bridges tend to be a burden to repair, especially when they are prone to various types of damage – some of which include rust, corrosion, and wear.
Because of its combined strength and corrosion resistance, FRP composite materials require less maintenance than any other construction material. This results in cost savings and reduced repair downtimes.
Additionally, FRP pedestrian bridges have a long service life, withstanding any harsh environment without deteriorating.
Besides practicality, you have to think about the visual appeal of your bridge project.
Fortunately, FRP is also a stylish construction material you can mould into various shapes and designs. This gives architects and designers better flexibility in creating attractive pedestrian bridges.
FRP was created due to the rising demand for more sustainable construction. This composite is considered environmentally friendly because it is typically made of recycled materials, such as discarded plastics, fibreglass, and other matrices. Additionally, FRP can be recycled, reducing waste.
Make the Switch to FRP Today
Make your next bridge construction project more efficient and eco-friendlier with Sustainable Infrastructure System (SIS)’s top-grade FRP composite piles. Featuring superior durability, corrosion resistance, and clever designs, we deliver components that serve our global clients that only demand the best.