The top five properties of carbon fibre reinforced polymer

20th Sep

If you are in charge of organising structural repairs or reinforcements within your workplace, you might have discussed the option of using carbon fibre reinforced polymers with your contractor.

And if you haven’t heard about the wonder that is carbon fibre reinforced polymers – it’s only a matter of time before it’s recommended to you! You won’t find carbon fibre reinforced polymers in most specialist construction workers’ kitbags – and Composites Construction UK will tell you why. Here are just five properties of carbon fibre reinforced polymer.

1. It is extremely strong

Though they may not look it (especially when they’re in sheet or wrap form!), carbon fibre reinforced polymer materials can hold their own. Unlike other composites used to strengthen structures, carbon fibre reinforced polymer also relies on the host structure to achieve its desired result. The two components of this increasingly popular composite are enough on their own – the carbon fibre is what gives it strength, while the reinforced polymer resin protects the fibres and holds them together. That’s teamwork!

2. It is lightweight

Carbon fibre reinforced polymer, or CFRP, is a favourable choice for most concrete strengthening jobs because of how light it is. At roughly 20% of the weight of similar products and approximately four times the strength (3), it’s easy to lift and requires less manpower.

3. It has a high fatigue resistance

Structures that have undergone a CFRP treatment are very low-maintenance. Carbon fibre reinforced polymer fails to tire easily, so the job at hand won’t need to be revisited any time soon.

4. It is a good conductor of electricity and a poor conductor of heat

Because CFRP materials are strong thermal conductors they do have electrical conductivity, which means you have to be careful where they are installed and make sure they’re protected. They are, however, non-magnetic so they definitely don’t corrode or fatigue – they can be used to reinforce and strengthen most structural members you can think of. The elements don’t intimidate carbon fibre reinforced polymer! Just ask your specialist contractor for more information.

5. It has a quick ‘curing time’

It takes just hours for carbon fibre reinforced polymers to cure. In 2014, Composites Construction UK used CFRP materials to reinforce every slab of Merchant Taylor School in London’s two-storey building, and it took just eight days to complete the project. Read more about the project here.

Eager to speed up your project and lower labour costs?

Introducing carbon fibre reinforced polymer to your project means less manpower required and a quicker project turnaround. Get in touch with friendly specialist contractors at CCUK to find out more today.

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