Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Engineering for Piping Systems
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Edwin Schimmel, MSc

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"To give engineers involved with the design of FRP piping systems a complete understanding of FRP material properties and the associated engineering process."

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   8 modules

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Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) piping, also called Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) piping, is a cost-effective alternative to corrosion prone metallic piping and non-reinforced thermoplastics. However, the design of FRP systems requires specific knowledge as there are fundamental differences compared to the design of steel piping.

This course teaches you all the fundamentals required to design and work with FRP piping systems. After this course you have a solid understanding of the material properties and behavior for piping systems and you understand how this impacts designs. The engineering process is demonstrated, including pipe stress analysis. Also, a multitude of real-life field examples are discussed that illustrate critical aspects of FRP systems. In this course a great deal of attention is given to practical aspects of engineering FRP systems.

The course consists of 8 online modules based on video content. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

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Meet your instructor

Edwin Schimmel, MSc

Project Engineer, Dynaflow Research Group

Mechanical, Piping, FEA, Flow

Program & Details

  1. Welcome & Your instructors

  2. Content Overview

  3. How to use this course

  4. Questions Forum

  1. FRP Materials and manufacturing

  2. Material specifications of FRP

  3. Manufacturing methods of GRP

  4. GRP Application

  5. Material limitations

  6. Market range

  7. Applications of GRP

A sample of the first module is available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

  1. FRP Material properties

  2. Bi-axial materials

  3. Steel versus FRP

  4. Short-term and long-term strenght

  5. Qualification 

  6. GRP qualification tests

  1. GRP codes

  2. Overview of GRP codes 

  3. Philosophies in GRP standards

  4. Piping code ISO 14692

  1. Stress analysis of FRP systems

  2. Pipe stress analysis

  3. Constructing a stress envelope

  4. Reducing material stress

  5. Surge analysis and flange assessment

  6. Surge analysis for FRP piping

  7. Flange assessment

  1. Buried FRP Piping

  2. Pipe stress analysis 

  3. Ring strenght calculations 

  1. Material failure theories

  2. GRP material strenght 

  3. Failure criteria

  4. Ultimate Elastic Wall Stress

  5. Material qualification

  6. Full qualifiation

  7. Regression

  8. 1000 hrs survival test

  1. FRP failure

  2. Longitudinal vs. circumferential cracks

  3. Joint strenght and failure in FRP

  4. Joint strenght and failure

  5. Flange failure

  6. Failure due to design errors

  7. Failure miscellaneous

  1. Introduction to Fiberglass engineering

  2. Introduction to Modeling Session

  3. Agenda to Fiberglass engineering

  4. Configuration editor in Caesar II

  5. Special execution Parameters

  6. Pipe vendor Engineering Guide Data

  7. Material Properties Input

  8. Pipe vendor Engineering Guide Proces

  9. Pipe Stiffness Parameter Input

  10. Stress Envelope Parameter Input

  11. Pipe vendor input Hydrostatic Design Stress

  12. Long-term Axial and Hoop Strength input

  13. Modeling of Fittings

  14. Pipe Support Span

  15. Load case Set-up in ISO 14692

  16. Interpretation of Results

  17. Flange Check in Caesar II

  18. Euler buckling for Aboveground Pipes

  19. Shell Buckling

  1. Course evaluation survey

  2. Your Personal Certificate

  3. Related resources


After this course, you...

  • have a fundamental understanding of the material and its behavior,

  • are familiar with the design of FRP pipes and joints,

  • know methods for manufacturing of fiberglass products and their (dis)advantages,

  • understand the qualification process for FRP products as per the ISO 14692,

  • have a solid understanding of the design process and stress analysis of FRP systems.

  • know the differences between steel and FRP and how this impacts pipe stress analysis,

  • have seen and discussed a multitude of real-life failures, common issues and mitigation measures.

Who should attend this course

  • Professionals involved with the design and realization of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic piping systems,

  • Pipe stress engineers that work with FRP systems,

  • People that have experience with steel piping systems and get involved with FRP systems.


    • No experience with FRP is required,

    • Basic understanding of (steel) piping systems is beneficial.

Level: Advanced

Access to the course. 
After your purchase is confirmed it will be activated to your account on the EngineeringTrainer learning portal. Here you will find the course in your dashboard and you will be guided step-by-step through the different course modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

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The course is mainly based on video content: video lectures and video software demonstrations. English subtitles are available and videos can be viewed as many times as desired. The video lectures help you to grasp the important technical concepts.

This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 7 modules with a total of 8:36 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to participants if they finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive will motivate you to perform the course quickly thereby improving your learning curve.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to all modules. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

Participants of this course receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

  • completion of each module of the course,

  • filling in the Course Evaluation Survey.

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  • Discussions forum with other participants & instructor

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions in the Discussions Forum of the course. These are either answered directly in the forum or form the basis for new videos that are added to the online course on a regular basis.

Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

No technical software is used in this course.

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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