Carbon fiber reinforcements are material consisting of fibers about 5–10 μm in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atoms. The carbon atoms are bonded together in so called crystals that are aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber. The crystal alignment gives that outstanding high strength-to-volume ratio. Several thousand carbon fibers are clustered together which can then be woven into one fabric.
Summarizing, the advantages of carbon fibers which is one of the lightest and strongest fiber available are:
3 D Fabrics weaving techniques can be used to produce near net-shape preforms.
Spread Tow Fabrics range of spread tow fabrics are very thin, ultra lightweight, have near zero crimp and fewer interlacing points.
Innegra Fabrics is a high modulus polypropylene fibre which can be used independently or in conjunction with other fibres to provide weight reduction, excellent levels of impact resistance and damage tolerance.
Recycled Fabrics fabrics contain reclaimed carbon fibre, resulting in products that are sustainable and cost effective.
Undirectional Fabrics fabrics have carbon fibres just in one direction.
Multiaxial Fabrics very flat, non-crimp fabrics from 100gsm with 2 layers and up to 1600gsm with a maximum of 9 layers, can be produced in widths up to 2540mm (100 inches).
2D Woven Fabrics fabrics are used in traditional fabric construction such as plain weave, twill and satin patterns and also more complex designs for aesthetic and performance applications.
HexForce® fibre reinforcements are available in many different types of fabric – from fabrics and multiaxial sheets through to customised speciality products. Please contact us to learn more about the extensive range of fibre reinforcements for composite materials.