How has the industry improved?
Manufacturers have improved manufacturing processes and quality control. They are also getting better at materials selection in the fiber and polymer selections. The polymer chemistry industry made tremendous effort in developing polymers with improved performance to be used in civil engineering; it was one of the reasons that the manufacturing world could make products with better durability and performance. In turn we have improved by using better materials, improved processes and maintaining quality control.
We’ve also made significant advancements in design guides and codes for engineers, which was an important step for certification and specification of reinforcements. Now, if someone is new to the market they will have qualifications and properties they can use. The added trainings and seminars for engineers and end users on designing with FRP materials have drastically helped the industry progress as they become more confident in our materials.