Fiberglass reinforced plastic, known as FRP, is a material that works well for a variety of industrial process equipment and workplace safety applications. The properties of FRP are much better than a number of other materials which are typically employed in workplace safety applications, like steel.
The use of FRP stair crossovers increases workplace safety by supplying a safe, comfortable passage across an obstruction.
What is FRP Made from?
FRP is made up of thermosetting fiberglass and resins, which form a significant chemical and environmental resistance in FRP products whilst the glass fiber forms the structural strength.
FRP can endure chemical attack and high and low temperatures and is highly corrosion resistant due to its composition. It is extremely durable, and to maintain performance, large amounts of maintenance are not needed. FRP has a long lifespan because of its simplicity of repair.
The Principles of Stair Crossovers
Stair crossovers are also sometimes known as crossover bridges and can come as alternating tread stairs or bolted access stairs. FRP is an extremely strong material with the ability to support extremely heavy loads.
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FRP is tremendously well-suited to applications that create workplace safety, such as stair crossovers handrails and grates. This is because it can be formed into complex shapes without impact strength.
Another reason that FRP is ideal for utilization in stair crossovers is that it is also anti-slip. The corrosion-resistant nature of FRP means that it will not degrade over time, causing further hazards to workplaces.
FRP crossovers with bolted access stairs are the best solution for settings that have plenty of space. Although they require significantly more space to install, they are the most comfortable to use.
Conversely, if a setting has limited space for stairs, FRP crossovers with alternating tread stairs can be used as they do not need a lot of space, yet, the steeper angle is not as comfortable to use.
Strongwell provides FRP gratings for utilization in stair crossovers which are lightweight, cost-effective and durable.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Strongwell Corporation.
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