Fiberglass Pipe Design
|Publication Date:||1 January 2005|
Fiberglass pipe is made from glass fiber reinforcements embedded in, or surrounded by, cured thermosetting resin. This composite structure may also contain aggregate, granular, or platelet fillers; thixotropic agents; and pigments or dyes. By selecting the proper combination of resin, glass fibers, fillers, and design, the fabricator can create a product that offers a broad range of properties and performance characteristics. Over the years, the diversity and versatility of materials used to manufacture fiberglass pipe have led to a variety of names for fiberglass pipe. Among these are reinforced thermosetting resin pipe (RTRP), reinforced polymer mortar pipe (RPMP), fiberglass reinforced epoxy (FRE), glass reinforced plastic (GRP), and fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). Fiberglass pipes have also been categorized by the particular manufacturing process-filament winding or centrifugal casting. Frequently, the particular resin used to manufacture the fiberglass pipe-epoxy, polyester, or vinyl ester-has been used to classify or grade fiberglass pipes.
Regardless of the many possible combinations, the most common and useful designation is simply "fiberglass pipe." This name encompasses all of the various available products and allows consideration as a unique and general class of engineering materials.