Why use SALTUS™ Poles?
BENEFITS of the SALTUS™ Composite Pole:
LOWEST LOGISTICS COST
SALTUS™ Poles nest for transport and is LIGHT WEIGHT, therefore the transport is usually volume limited and not weight limited as with concrete or timber
SALTUS™ Poles has SUPERIOR FLAME RESISTANCE due to its unique advanced flame resistant composite properties. The special flame resistant resin is well known for its flame resistant properties and is often used for this reason in the aerospace composite industry
Smooth surfaced hardware without sharp edges should be used with SALTUS™ Poles. Hardware for round cross-sectioned steel and concrete poles is commonly available and can be used with SALTUS™ Poles
SALTUS™ Poles performs well in hot and cold environments. The established temperature range is -60°C to +75°C
With a 60 years ENGINEERED service life and integrated UV protection. No scheduled maintenance is required resulting in lowest lifecycle cost and immunity to rot, corrosion, woodpeckers and termites
SALTUS™ Poles are LIGHT WEIGHT and therefore installation requires LESS LABOUR and will typically be installed at twice the speed compared to concrete or timber poles. This contributes to its competitive initial installation cost compared with alternatives
With a limited 30 year warranty, high dielectric strength providing IMPROVED SAFETY for workers and the public, better storm and higher wind reliability and minimum environmental impact
Why consider SALTUS™ Composite Poles?
The internationally patented design aims at low cost to compete with the price of wood, and addresses the following problems of wood and concrete poles:
SALTUS™ Composite Pole Impact Resistance
“Will SALTUS™ Composite Support Poles
survive mechanical impacts?”
The fibreglass layer itself can survive impacts and has been tested underground in mining to survive a dynamite blast impact with a SALTUS™ blast sleeve.
Before dynamite blast
(1.5m from blast face)
After dynamite blast
(survived rocks of 3kg travelling at 13 m/s)
SALTUS™ Composite Pole Flame Resistance
“Will SALTUS™ Composite Support Poles survive a fire?”
Flame resistant composite layer
The flame resistant composite layer on the outside can survive a gas flame burning for one minute without any smoke. The composite layer on the outside also protects the inner plastic layer and conducts heat away from the plastic layer.
No mechanical degradation
After flame test of one minute at 1500°C – no mechanical degradation to fiberglass layer or inner plastic pipe
SALTUS™ Composite Pole Quality Control
QUALITY CONTROL BEND TESTING ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
Street light poles – BEKA specs
Telecoms and electrical distibution poles – SABS, ACMA standards and ASCE guidelines
ACMA – Standard Specification for FRP Composite utility Poles – supported by ANSI
ASCE – Recommended practive for FRP products overhead utility line structures
With SALTUS™ Composite Polesyou will prevent the following problemsexperienced with timber:
Broken timber pole fixed with concrete-filled metal drums
Broken timber pole fixed with concrete-filled plastic container
SALTUS™ Poles end of life considerations
The poles can be recycled and used in other applications after its service life of 60 years.
- Inner plastic tube recycle
The plastic inner layer can be recycled via the standard plastic recycle route. This is a closed loop cycle and no plastic is wasted.
- Chopped fibre filler for geopolymers or concrete
Each SALTUSTM pole has a fibreglass outer layer. This layer can be chopped into short fibres and the fibres can be mixed into geopolymer or concrete. It has been shown that geopolymer and concrete can be strengthened using up to 40% (by volume) chopped fibre.
- Chopped fibre filler for green plastic wood products
The chopped fibres of the fibreglass outer layer can be mixed into green plastic wood products. It has been shown that extruded plastic profiles can be strengthened using up to 50% (by volume) chopped fibre.
Saltus™ Composite Pole environmental sustainability
FRP composite utility poles reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and total embodied energy each year over the 60 year life of a composite pole (Wood et al. 2008*).
The same period will require 2 wood poles to be consumed and hazardous wastes disposed of each time with an average life of only 30 years each. FRP composite poles represent the most environmetally sustainable choice for utility structures.