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Sharing FRP Knowledge

As part of a larger network within fiber-reinforced polymer, we are excited to share our knowledge of composite technology, industry trends, and best practices. Whether you're an experienced professional or new to composites, our resources will help you succeed in your projects.


"How can you determine whether your FRP assets have 3 days or 30 years of life remaining?"

UTComp® introduces their newest guidebook, Fitness For Service of FRP Composite Assets, which provides valuable expertise accumulated over 20+ years by founder Geoff Clarkson.

Get the Free FRP Assessment Guidebook for insights into FRP asset reliability, maintenance, and replacement planning.


PDS – Understanding Percentage of Design Stiffness

The Percentage of Design Stiffness (PDS) is crucial for evaluating the condition of polymers and resins in fiber-reinforced polymer equipment. PDS measures how much stiffness a material retains over time.

Why Does It Matter?
Resin and polymer conditions directly impact the material’s lifespan, with polymer damage occurring first and affecting the entire system.

UltraAnalytix Insights
UltraAnalytix helps determine the PDS of polymers, providing valuable insights into their current state. PDS focuses solely on the polymer itself, excluding any reinforcement damage. These values can be calculated for the material’s overall thickness and specific zones.

Fitness For Service (FFS) Evaluations
In Fitness For Service (FFS) evaluations, a key aspect is predicting how long the equipment can continue to be used safely. By analyzing changes in PDS from UltraAnalytix readings, we can forecast future PDS values. This information helps determine the equipment’s current state, remaining lifespan, and aids in planning maintenance to ensure reliability and safety.


Navigating Safety and Quality Assurance for Plastic and Glass Fiber Composites: A Guide for Operation- and Marine Engineers

For thousands of years, humanity has worked with metals and steel, but the use of plastic- and glass fiber-based composite materials gained significant momentum in the 20th century.

While our collective knowledge and experience with metals and steel are extensive, our understanding of plastic and glass fiber composites is still evolving.

When working with these materials, it’s crucial to recognize their distinct properties and the skills and knowledge required. Steel and metal are renowned for their strength and durability, whereas plastic and glass fiber composites are valued for their lightweight nature, chemical resistance, and corrosion resilience.

As an operation- or marine engineer responsible for the safety of plastic-reinforced composites in the workplace, consider the following steps:

  1. Foundational Education and Training: Ensure that your personnel receive proper training in handling plastic and glass fiber composites. This includes understanding material properties and reactions under various conditions, as well as correct storage and handling procedures.
  2. Safety Procedures: Implement clear safety protocols to minimize the risk of injuries. This involves using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), ensuring proper ventilation to reduce exposure to harmful fumes and dust, and conducting regular inspections and maintenance of equipment and tools.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest research and developments in plastic and glass fiber composites. Understanding the newest techniques, tools, and safety measures can enhance efficiency and workplace safety. Consider subscribing to newsletters or industry updates.
  4. Collaborate with Experts: Consider partnering with material experts or consultants who can help you grasp the unique properties and challenges of working with plastic and glass fiber composites. Reach out for assistance.

By taking these steps, you’ll be better equipped to work safely and effectively with plastic and glass fiber composites, even as our collective knowledge and experience with these materials continue to evolve.

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