The new fabric forming technology has been developed by Dr Nandan Khokar, R&D Manager of Oxeon, and his team. This proprietary innovation enables production of fabrics by interlacing two sets of Spread Tow Tapes at different angles +α/-β, for example +45/-45, +30/-60, +50/-25 etc.
These fabrics complement the existing 0/90 version of TeXtreme.
The TeXtreme Spread Tow Fabrics in +α/-β variants bring all the advantages found in the successful TeXtreme 0/90 fabric, reports Oxeon. Improved mechanical performance, weight saving possibilities, good handling ability, flatness and surface smoothness are combined in a continuous-length +α/-β fabric. Its balanced construction is said to eliminates problems associated with symmetric plying of non-crimp fabrics (NCF) and unidirectional (UD) fabrics.
"These new versions of TeXtreme Spread Tow Fabrics further broaden our product range and help us in our strive towards becoming the leading provider of optimised composite reinforcements”, says Henrik Blycker, CEO of Swedish company Oxeon.
The first commercially available product of the extended TeXtreme product line, the +45/-45 variant fabric, will be showcased at the Oxeon booth at the forthcoming JEC Composites Show in Paris.