Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites are increasingly being adopted as structural materials when building modern urban infrastructure. In a partnership with three Dutch companies, DSM, Royal HaskoningDHV and CEAD, the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has showcased the use of circular FRP composites in the world’s first 3D-printed footbridge using recycled plastic material.
FRP composites were historically developed and utilized extensively in aerospace, defense, and marine industries. During the last 30 years, their application has been gradually expanding into various industrial sectors such as transport, energy production, and construction due to the numerous advantages the FRP composites have to offer.
Compared to the traditional construction materials, such as wood, steel, and concrete, the FRP composites provide better corrosion and weather resistance, higher strength at a reduced weight, and better dimensional stability, while requiring lower maintenance at the same time.
The construction industry has the potential to become the largest market for FRP composites in the future, benefiting from the improved design flexibility, ease of transportation and installation, and long-term durability of the composite-made civil infrastructure. (Read more)