The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., USA) on Jan. 17 announced that it expects new markets will open and existing markets will broaden for the pultruded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites industry with the publication of a new document entitled, "Pre-Standard for Load & Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) of Pultruded Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Structures."
The $1.4 million program has been in development for three years in collaboration with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and will now go through an ANSI standards process through ASCE before being adopted as a national standard. This is an important milestone in a long-range initiative by ACMA to create standards for the use of composite materials to increase their use throughout affiliated industries.
This standard will allow FRP composites to compete on a level playing field with other construction materials, like concrete, steel, wood and aluminum. Performance criteria for design, specification and installation will mean a higher degree of confidence for the professional designing with and specifying FRP composites, the contractor installing FRP composites, the owner purchasing FRP composites and the building code official inspecting the construction.
"We commend the visionary member companies that recognized the opportunities that LRFD standards would create for the industry and we look forward to a time when composite materials are an integral part of every building constructed in the U.S.," said ACMA president Monty Felix. "Ultimately, the American public will benefit from the increased use of reliable, durable composite materials in their homes and workplace."