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THE BEAUTY OF FABRIC
Composite materials have their own beauty. In recent years we have gained unsurpassed experience in applying great looking fabrics even to complex surfaces. These surfaces turn a carbon part into an iconic object.
Fabrics applied on 20cm width curved objects
Each material has its own characteristics. The fibres are embedded in the matrix. The stiffness can be drastically increased with light "spacer" materials.
- carbon fiber (CFK)
- glass fiber (GRP)
- aramide fibers: Kevlar and Twaron (AFK)
- polyethylene fibers (Dyneema)
- polyester fibers
- basalt fibers
- ceramic fibers
- boron fibers
- natural fibers
The king of the fibers
Unidirectional carbon fibre is a real asset: because the fibre can be placed exactly in the direction of force, it offers enormous potential for increasing strength and durability while reducing weight. In addition, unidirectional fibre is again much stronger (typically twice as strong) than woven fibre because the tensile potential is much higher at only a fraction of the weight density. In woven materials the fibre makes curves, which means that it is more flexible. UD fibre does not bend when subjected to force - it lies flat. Flexibility is as important as strength. In unidirectional fibres, you can overlap them at different angles and orientations to maximise strength in different areas while keeping the fabric stiff and stable.
If aesthetics are an important part of the design, unidirectional fibres allow you to overlap the fabric with a variety of carbon fabrics to create a dynamic new look that is pleasing to the eye.
- duroplastic (epoxy, vinylester, phenolic resin)
- thermoplastic matrix systems (PEEK, PP)
- wood (Balsa)
- Honeycomb (aluminium, aramid, paper)
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