The real question for all methods of recycling is how much money can be made or saved from the recycling process and how much FRP waste can be disposed of.
SolidCast Polymer Technology uses recycled FRP for applications such as manhole covers and railroad ties. Why target those kinds of projects for this solution?
The process of manufacturing either large structures, like manholes and tunnel segments, or structural components in large volume, like railroad ties, allows for the significant consumption of recycled FRP. The development and improvement of large-scale material handling and mixing equipment have greatly advanced the production of solid cast polymer products. Solid cast polymer manufacturing technology is now capable of producing over 360 yards or 720 tons of solid cast polymer matrix daily. Extremely fast cure times also allow manufacturers to purchase fewer molds. Combined with the elimination of post-curing, the cost of manufacturing a solid cast polymer product compared with that of a precast concrete product is significantly lower. Recycled FRP fibers can be blended into the solid cast polymer matrix at a loading level of about 5 percent-10 percent by weight without negatively affecting the manufacturing process or the physical integrity of the composite matrix.
The blending of FRP reclamation-harvested fibers with solid cast polymer composite offers a cost-effective alternative for overall FRP disposal costs, landfill issues and the consumption of large quantities of FRP waste. We have discovered the merging of these two innovative technologies has created an improved solid cast polymer and a superior material for construction.
The FRP industry is feeling more secure because we’re taking recycled fiberglass materials and putting it into something that encapsulates it, so it won’t be an environmental issue anymore. If you have something that’s virtually impermeable, and it’s green, and you can take that and encapsulate it into your matrix, you’ve solved an issue.