Miami, Florida, August 6, 2019 – Global PoleTrusion Group Corp.’s (OTC PINK: GPGC) Director of Research and Development, Omar Abdelkarim, Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE, M.CSCE, recently presented the progress of their research, in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke, during the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Annual Meeting at the University of Sherbrooke. GPGC’s sister company, PoleTrusion Canada (PTC), is an active research collaborator with the Industrial Research Chair in Innovative Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composite Materials for Infrastructure which also includes Hydro-Québec and Pultrall Inc.
Dr. Abdelkarim presented the results of his research relating to the resistance of their composite poles under ultraviolet (UV) sun rays. The UV rays were simulated using the Atlas SUNTEST XLS+ instrument, an apparatus designed for performing artificially accelerated weathering and irradiation tests. The tests were conducted according to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) G155 standards. Samples tested for UV exposure were subjected to the same amount of UV radiation as would be obtained from the sun in Miami, Florida, over a period of 16 months.
GPGC’s poles demonstrated remarkable performance by retaining 99% of their tensile strength and 96% of their compressive strength. The tension and compression stiffness of the poles increased with time under exposure to UV radiation to approximately 116% and 137% of that of the unexposed samples, respectively. These results indicate that under the same amount of wind pressure, GPGC’s poles are likely to experience a lower amount of top displacement over time, thanks to the UV protection additive included in the resin used to make the poles.
About Global PoleTrusion Group Corp.
GPGC is an engineering firm that fulfills the needs of telecommunications and utility companies, providing composite poles, towers and renewable energy solutions. Their composite structures outperform their steel, wood and concrete counterparts as they are stronger, lighter, easier to install and environmentally safe. With its advanced engineering and manufacturing capabilities, GPGC is at the forefront of providing creative and effective solutions to address the needs of
utility companies around the world.
PoleTrusion Canada provides engineering services for GPGC. They create the latest state-of-the-art composite structures, custom-designed based on the needs of their clients. The company is part of the Industrial Research Chair in Innovative Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composite Materials for Infrastructure. The chairholder, Dr. Benmokrane, is on the technical board at GPGC.
To learn more about GPGC, visit www.globalpoletrusiongroup.com.
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