Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer (BFRP) Uses
Basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP), is an advanced material with a lower density, higher strength, and excellent damage resistance especially when they are used in harsh environments or under high loading conditions, compared with conventional fiber-reinforced composites, all these properties make it has several uses in the modern industry, including the following :
Basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP) is a structural material used for several uses such as contour beams, columns, and diaphragms in construction. It has high strength, high modulus of elasticity, high stiffness, and good corrosion resistance. BFRP has different uses including but not limited to reinforcement bars, beams, and plates as well as thin sheets, in civil structures, bridges, tunnels, railways sleepers and road construction.
At present, the automotive industry is focusing its efforts on the reduction of energy consumption and the protection of the environment, therefore Basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP) uses in automobile industry has an important role, because It provides a stronger, lighter, more durable, and corrosion resistant material than steel, while also absorbing and storing heat more effectively.
Basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP) has unrivaled combination of high temperature performance and high strength, this ideal for demanding uses in the petrochemical industry, the best example of basalt fiber reinforced polymer uses in petrochemical industry is the separation process of natural gas which uses a polymer membrane with fine fibers to separate the gas molecules based on their size and hence their permeability.
Basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP) has another important use in petrochemical industry which is represented by pipes and gas cylinders industry to decrease the weight of the material and thus it is suited for pipeline transportation of crude oil, natural gas, and other fluids, these pipes are used for longer service duration life 60 – 80 years which is 2 -3 times longer than conventional metallic pipe.
As a result of Basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP) unique properties, this makes it suited to a wide range of electrical uses such as insulators, transformers, and capacitors.
One of the most important uses of BFRP in the electrical sector is wind turbine blades, because BFRP has excellent mechanical properties, high-temperature resistance, and acid and alkali corrosion resistance, and it can operate in harsh environments, such as the sea for long periods.
Moreover, BFRP has the advantages of a low cost, high designability, good performance, and easy processing, which can meet the requirements of wind turbine blades.