CompoTech will be showcasing its carbon fiber beams and joint at JEC Composites Connect 2021, taking place online from 1-2 June 2021.
According to the company, its integrated loop joining technology (ILT) can seamlessly join structural carbon fiber epoxy composite components in one automated step. Carbon fibers are used with a wet epoxy resin winding process that utilises the company’s robot-assisted filament laying (RAFL) proprietary system. The ILT process can reportedly eliminate the need for molding heavier wall thickness sections around a fixture area and for post mold drilling.
CompoTech’s composite beams product range includes standard square beams produced from graphite and PAN carbon fibers using CompoTech’s automated, robot assisted filament placement technique. According to the company, the beams have 10-15% higher axial direction stiffness and up to 50% greater bending strength compared to an equivalent size conventional filament wound beam. Lengths vary from between 2.3 – 5.0 m depending on the size, which ranges from 60 sq. mm x 5mm wall thickness, up to 200 mm2 x 8mm2, while carbon fiber epoxy round tubes, are between 3.6 - 7.8 m long depending on the inside diameter, which ranges from 10 mm x 2 mm wall thickness up to 428mm x 4mm.
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