Fiberglass conduit offers many advantages over other commonly used conduit, such as steel and PVC.
EASE OF ASSEMBLY: Epoxy fiberglass conduit is easy to install, partly resulting from its light weight, which facilitates handling. Fitting sections together using the push-fit spigot and bell design further facilitates assembly.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Epoxy fiberglass conduit weighs considerably less than PVC or steel, resulting in cost savings through reduced handling time, reduced assembly time, reduced requirements for mechanized handling, reduced freight charges, reduced system weight, and lower costs of support. By way of example, one hundred ft. of 4” FRE® conduit weighs in at 282 pounds, compared with almost 1,000 pounds for steel. The high fluctural strength of FRE Conduit combined with its light weight allows for much greater span distance between supports hence reducing overall weight and costs. LOW
COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION: The coefficient of friction of epoxy fiberglass is lower than that of steel, and considerably lower than that of PVC. This means that electrical cables are easier to pull through, resulting in labour savings, less stress on cables, and reduces the number of costly manholes. As FRE’s minimum resin content is higher than industry standards, FRE’s coefficient of friction is the lowest and product longevity is the best in the industry.
TEMPERATURE RANGE: FRE Conduit can withstand a wide array of temperature ranging from -40°F to 230°F (-40°C to 110°C). Unlike PVC which is extremely brittle in cold temperature (+40°F) and malleable in heat, FRE Conduit maintains its unique characteristics.
NO BURN-THROUGH: Unlike rigid PVC, epoxy fiberglass bends and elbows have a strong resistance to being cavitated or pierced as a result of rope pull.
CABLE FUSION: Fiberglass is an excellent insulator. Unlike fiberglass conduit, steel conduit will weld with cable, and PVC conduit may fuse or melt under electrical fault conditions.
FLEXIBLE AND IMPACT RESISTANT: The flexibility of epoxy fiberglass conduit allows it to conform to mildly uneven surfaces. Epoxy fiberglass conduit has tended to survive the stresses of earthquakes better than PVC or steel.
CORROSION RESISTANT: Epoxy fiberglass is not affected by the effects of water or most other chemicals.
NON-TOXIC: Unlike PVC, epoxy fiberglass is low halogen and does not release bromine or chlorine.
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