FIBERGLASS AS A SUPERIOR BUILDING MATERIAL? PART 2
We all know that we can enjoy a lifetime of low maintenance and fun in an American Fiberglass Pool. Did you know that the use of fiberglass in the manufacturing of commercial jet liners has some incredible advantages too? Let us take the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as an example. Did you know that the use of composite (fiberglass) structure is a primary contributor to the 787’s lower maintenance cost? Use of these materials, particularly in areas that are susceptible to corrosion and fatigue, substantially reduces time consuming and very expensive inspections. The one piece barrel construction on the 787 greatly reduces the number of joints and fasteners that must be constantly attended to. Another little known fact is that the composite (fiberglass) fuselage is designed to be much more impact resistant than previous planes made with aluminum. This plane is designed with the use of fiberglass materials to reduce the cost of maintenance and allow the airplane to spend less time in the hanger and more time in the air!
The light weight structure made of composite (fiberglass) is one of the primary reasons that the 787 is 20% more fuel efficient than previous counterparts. It is now possible to easily fly non-stop from New York to Hawaii or to Johannesburg or to Hong Kong in what is considered to be a mid-sized airplane. No longer are those routes exclusive for the “jumbo” jets.
The composite (fiberglass) construction of the 787 allows the cabin to be pressurized at an altitude 25% lower than most other aircraft. What does this mean? Your body will absorb almost 10% more oxygen into the blood quicker so passengers experience fewer headaches, less dizziness and fatigue. In Aluminum airplanes, pressurizing the aircraft at the same altitude would be weight prohibitive and cause structural fatigue concerns. The composite (fiberglass) fuselage on the 787 will allow cabin pressurization at the lower altitude with almost no weight impact.
Did you know that the windows on a 787 are 30% larger than a similar size plane? Ever sit in the aisle seat and wish you could see outside? Now you can! Why is this possible? Like so many innovations, this is possible due to the strength and durability of the composite (fiberglass) fuselage.
So why are we talking so much about planes on this blog? Only because fiberglass pools
have made a huge positive impact on the pool industry over 50 years ago like the Dreamliner has to aviation today. I can’t wait to fly in one. Come to think of it, I can’t wait to start splashing around in an American Fiberglass Pool in another 3-5 weeks too!