June 9, 2019
Fiberglass reinforced conduit products are experiencing a surge in popularity across various industries. Wastewater and chemical treatment plants, data centers, universities, transportation, and more are finding valuable applications for fiberglass conduit products. Fiberglass reinforced conduit products offer numerous advantages over alternatives in the areas of safety, longevity, strength, flexibility, durability, and weight.
Because of its superiority to other materials in practically every area, fiberglass conduit is increasingly seen as the best option for a myriad of projects. Due to its lightweight, fiberglass conduit is cheaper to transport and install than other materials. It is also free of toxic chemicals produced by other conduits. Fiberglass products are more affordable in the short and long term because of their lower initial cost and increased life span.
The following are just a few of the top applications for fiberglass reinforced conduit products.
Below ground fiberglass conduit products are designed for direct burial or encased burial to meet the standards of both the National Electric Code (NEC) and Canadian Electric Code (CEC). There are numerous advantages over alternatives. Below ground products are rodent-proof and will not rot. They possess a greater impact and crush resistance. They are non-conductive, which is vital for project safety. The products also produce no chlorine or halogen. Under high temperatures, there is no cable fusion. Fiberglass products also have a very low coefficient of friction. Because the inner walls are smooth, the danger of burn through is eliminated.
Above ground products are designed to give power, transit, and telecommunications utilities, and industrial and commercial projects, a durable carrier for exposed applications. Products are safer, more efficient, longer lasting, and more cost-effective than alternatives like rigid galvanized steel or PVC-coated steel. They do not rust or corrode as they have the best corrosion resistance available. They are also fire-resistant. Fiberglass products are easier and cheaper to install than alternatives and are resistant against an array of fuels and chemicals that damage other materials.
Non-metallic products are designed to meet regulations and mechanical requirements in environments where metal is either difficult or impossible to use. Fiberglass products offer superior load bearing and projectile resistance to alternatives materials. They require fewer hanger supports and inserts on bridge projects, cutting costs significantly. Because they are non-metallic, they do not corrode or rust. They also have superior weathering and UV resistance. Non-metallic products can be used for above ground, bridge, and damage locations.
Underwater products are instrumental when trenching and dredging are difficult or impossible. Fiberglass reinforced conduit products are designed to be flexible, enabling them to fit in irregular trench floors, river beds, natural lakes, and more. With other conduit systems, projects can be heavily dependent upon weather and seasons. A major benefit of underwater products is that they can be installed at any time of the year. Fiberglass products are saltwater-resistant, giving them an extra advantage. They are also more environmentally friendly because they produce no toxic materials.