Fibreglass gratings are pultruded composites made from polyester resin (orthophthalic), vinyl ester and phenolic resin. We use these three different types to obtain profiles with different levels of resistance to high temperatures or to corrosive chemicals. They can be used in a range of manufacturing sectors, including transport and public transit in general, through to the petrochemical industry.
Our fibreglass gratings are made from pultruded profiles. These composites are gaining ground very quickly and are being chosen over steel products more and more often.
They stand out because they are versatile, corrosion-resistant, electrically and thermally nonconductive, light and their structural features are comparable to steel.
These pultruded profiles have very low maintenance costs and they do not need coating or galvanising before use. They can be cut or drilled directly on site using the most common cutting or drilling tools and do not require any special training or expertise to be handled or modified.
The fibreglass gratings manufactured by Saimex s.r.l. also have an extra feature: in order to make sure the resin is protected against ultraviolet light, we add additive UV-9 to the resin itself. This excellent sunscreen is one of the most advanced of those developed by the polymer industry. On the one hand, it guarantees that the composite materials are enduring and, on the other, that the resin preserves its mechanical properties.
The main features of our fibreglass gratings are:
- load capacity: our gratings can bear very high loads;
- corrosion resistance: our gratings have excellent corrosion resistance against chemical exposure, and this can be increased even further with specific resins;
- impact strength: according to the EUROCOMP (Structural Design of Polymer Composites) design code and EN 13706 (Reinforced Plastic composites – Specification for pultruded profiles), the impact strength of our fibreglass gratings is equal to: 40 – 125 kJ/m² at 0 degrees, and 20 – 100 kJ/m² in the 90° transverse direction (tests performed according to DIN 53453-71);
- heat resistance: (from –40°C to 180°C): thermosetting resins such as iso-polyester can withstand sudden temperature changes. For this reason, fibreglass gratings are widely used in areas with unstable climates.
Considering the different fields of application, Saimex s.r.l has also developed a range of “Accessories”: our metal fittings are designed to secure the fibreglass gratings to the supporting structures.
Fields of application
The structural characteristics of our fibreglass gratings, their corrosion and heat resistance, and their impact strength make them very versatile for use in a number of different industrial and manufacturing sectors.
In particular, we recommend their use in highly corrosive environments such as chemical plants, marine and other wet environments, in the transport and public transit sector, and in the cooling towers and offshore platforms of the oil industry.
Saimex s.r.l. manufactures high quality fibreglass gratings and is formed of a team of specialist design engineers who continue their research into increasingly high-performance solutions.
Find out everything you need to know about the fibreglass gratings that we design and manufacture and contact us if you want more information about our business activity.