Utilisation of Glass Reinforced Plastics as Cost Effective Alternative to Traditional Materials in Access Panel Design for Waste Water Treatment Plants

Joel Uitterdijk, Joseph Butterfield, Damian Quinn, Karen Maguire

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Abstract

Composites are fast becoming a cost effective option when considering the design of engineering structures in a broad range of applications. If the strength to weight benefits of these material systems can be exploited and challenges in developing lower cost manufacturing methods overcome, then the advanced composite systems will play a bigger role in the diverse range of sectors outside the aerospace industry where they have been used for decades.
This paper presents physical testing results that showcase the advantages of GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastics), such as the ability to endure loading with minimal deformation. The testing involved is a cross comparison of GRP grating vs. GRP encapsulated foam core. Resulting data gained within this paper will then be coupled with design optimization (utilising model simulation) to bring forward layup alterations to meet the specified load classifications involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Manufacturing Conference (IMC33)
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2016
EventInternational Manufacturing Conference - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 31 Aug 201601 Sep 2016
Conference number: 33rd
http://ulsites.ul.ie/imc33/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Manufacturing Conference
Abbreviated titleIMC33
CountryIreland
CityLimerick
Period31/08/201601/09/2016
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Keywords

  • Glass Reinforced Plastics, Structural Testing, Design.

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