When properly designed and produced by the best known techniques, products made of Fiberglas Reinforced plastic (FRP)* offer performance features superior to metals, wood and non-reinforced plastic, and at a cost per unit of value less than that of other materials. The authors report on the nature of reinforced plastics, some successful applications in general in transportation equipment and specifically in earth moving equipment. In addition, the authors report on recently completed process studies which are best suited for the unit volumes existent in earth moving equipment. The report is concluded by outlining structural analysis and prototype activity planned for the near future.
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