Choosing the best wear-resistant material

Eat Become a inevitable problem When structures Come inImmediately Contact with water and other chemicals, for example, in water parks and swimming pools. It includes Repeatedly Reached places Such as Pool access stairs, stair towers and handrails. Eat Gifts a enormous risk by accident All of these components are important to safety.

The material chosen for such challenging applications ultimately governs the mechanical and chemical properties of the final product. Hence, choosing the appropriate corrosion-resistant material is critical to building safe, durable and cost-effective structures.

The importance of corrosion-resistant materials

In addition to degraded materials, corrosion has a negative effect on mechanical properties, safety and life of components, which leads to a significant increase in maintenance and repair costs.

The selected material must meet certain criteria, such as enhanced local wear resistance when subjected to stresses and reduced dissolution in aggressive solutions. For structural applications, the wear-resistant material must be strong, lightweight, and easy to install.

Longevity and economic consequences in case of failure are also major factors to consider. The corrosion-resistant material must also have the ability to withstand high temperatures.

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Main applications

Corrosion-resistant materials are commonly found in automotive components, aerospace, marine industry, electrical system applications, structural reinforcements in apartment buildings, bridge decks, parking garages, sewage systems, and recreational water facilities.

Benefits of using fiberglass over other materials

Conventional materials used in structural applications include a number of different steel grades based on chromium content. Chromium oxidizes to generate a protective surface layer of chromium oxide.

Carbon steel and galvanized steel are the least resistant to corrosion. Alloy steels such as austenitic steels and duplex stainless steels are relatively better corrosion resistant alloys.

Alternative corrosion-resistant materials include copper alloys such as brass and bronze, in which copper is oxidized to create a protective oxide layer. Metals including titanium and tungsten are subject to galvanic corrosion; Ions exchange and corrode locally.

In comparison, fiberglass is superior to traditional wear-resistant materials. Glass fiber is a composite material that uses a polymer resin matrix reinforced with fused glass fibres. It has unparalleled chemical resistance, especially when it comes to corrosion.

The cross-linked structure of the fiberglass makes it essentially impervious to water and other corrosive alkaline environments.

Fiberglass is exceptionally lightweight (~80% lighter than steel) with a remarkable strength-to-weight ratio and thus improved component performance. Fiberglass can be easily made into complex shapes, providing greater flexibility in manufacturing.

The installation of other electrically conductive materials, such as copper, steel, etc., in swimming pools poses a risk of electrical accidents. Thanks to its non-conductive nature, fiberglass means such mishaps are avoided.

Strongwell abrasion resistant material

Strongwell is a global leader in the manufacture of cost-effective abrasion-resistant materials. Its portfolio of wear-resistant materials includes:

Dorashield® and DURASHIELD HC®

Fiberglass perforated panels are based on premium polyester or vinyl ester resin, making them ideal for applications subject to corrosive conditions. They contain a synthetic surface veil that enhances their resistance to abrasion.

Standard applications include chemical etching hoods, radar and television antenna enclosures, and wet-tip roofs in the pulp and paper industry. Durashield HC® Well suited for environments exposed to high levels of humidity and salt water.


Introducing a new combination of solid fall-off fiberglass panels and a non-slip grit surface. It is the optimum abrasion resistance material for construction of hardboard hardwood floors for footbridge walkways and trench coverings.


This fiberglass based cladding support system is ideal for continuous insulation applications where the main concerns are abrasion resistance and thermal efficiency.


Economical safety handrails for stair rails, guard rails, and walkway handrails in corrosive applications such as those used in industrial chemical and wastewater treatment plants. They are produced in square and round configurations.

hasty®Doradick® Doragrid®

Fiberglass-based gratings for machinery housing and construction platforms, particularly in safety-critical applications exposed to corrosive environments and oil spills.


Lightweight, corrosion-resistant material for secondary containment systems in transformer electrical substations and chemical storage areas.

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Lightweight fiberglass structural forms and panels with exceptional wear properties well suited to structures for girders, columns, balustrades, platforms and grilles.

Contact the Strongwell team today to learn more about the corrosion resistant materials on offer.



This information was obtained, reviewed, and adapted from materials provided by Strongwell Corporation.

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