Traditional structural materials are heavy and require a great deal of maintenance. If a new breed of structural material could be produced that was lighter, stronger and more resistant to corrosion, impacts, parasites and chemicals, it could be a good substitute for steel, concrete, masonry and wood. One new material that has the potential to meet these demands is starting to show up on the construction industry market, it is Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP). Some technologies that have been developed using FRP materials within the last few years are: structural shapes, concrete reinforcing, prestressing and post-tensioning tendons and pre-engineered structural systems.
Fact Sheet ID Number
Composite Materials & Technologies
structural material, fiber reinforced plastic, construction material, frp
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "New Structural Material - Fiber Reinforced Plastics" (2007). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 22.