Plastic reinforced with glass fibre, fillers, and polyester resin, known as fibreglass, is a subcategory of fiber-reinforced plastic. Compared to conventional pipe, fibreglass pipes have superior properties, such as high tensile strength, chemical inertness, and ease of installation. Acids and other corrosive liquids can be transferred through this set of pipes. Because of their superior properties and high strength-to-weight ratio, these pipes are widely used in a variety of end-user industries, including oil and gas, chemicals, and agriculture.
For use in industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, sewage, aviation, renewable energy, and irrigation, fibreglass pipe is a cost-effective alternative to traditional materials like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), concrete, and steel. Fiberglass pipes are made from a variety of raw materials, including resins, glass fibres, catalysts, accelerators, and additives, all of which are used in the manufacturing process. Fiberglass pipes can be manufactured in a wide range of diameters and shapes to meet the specific needs of different types of customers and a wide range of applications.
It is becoming increasingly necessary for exploration of untapped resources to use piping equipment that is easy to monitor leakage during operation and can penetrate in extreme geographic locations. GRE pipes are well-suited for subsea applications due to their ability to withstand extreme marine conditions. Because of this, treated water is increasingly being repurposed in order to meet the same quality standards as potable water. Toxic chemical resistance and a pH range of 1 to 14 are provided by GRP pipes, ensuring the safety and potability of the water they transport. Fiberglass pipes in treatment facilities have a lot of potential because of these factors and the strict water treatment regulations that apply to the chemical and processing industries.
The need for efficient and cost-effective transportation facilities has grown as a result of massive infrastructure investments. The fibreglass pipe market will also be fueled by investments in non-OECD countries to build infrastructure, as well as investments in OECD countries to upgrade their ageing infrastructure. The marine industry is expected to see significant growth if the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agrees to allow the use of fibreglass in level 3 fire endurance applications.