TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon reinforcements are using spread tows to produce optimized reinforcements for ultra light composites. Spreading tows (yarns) into very thin tapes enables reinforcements in woven structure as well as unidirectional tapes with mechanical performance and possibility for weight savings that are unique compared to conventional reinforcements.
TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics
TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics are produced by interlacing Spread Tow Tapes of desired fibers to obtain a virtually crimp-less fabric with straight orientation of fibers. The result is a unique reinforcement with the mechanical performance of a cross plied UD and the ease of handling of a fabric.
TeXtreme® Spread Tow Tapes
TeXtreme® Spread Tow Tapes are produced by spreading tows of desired fiber type into UD tapes of certain areal weight and width. The spreading of tows enables producing UD tapes of very low areal weight while maintaining consistency of width.
TeXtreme® Technology illustrated:
TeXtreme® Technology explained:
1. The Spread Tow structure makes it possible to achieve thinner laminates.
2. Straighter fibers with reduced crimp optimize and strenghten the composite.
3. Lower crimp reduce the amount of excess plastic thereby minimizing weight.
TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabric
- Reduce the weight of your composites
The increased fiber content gives you a composite that outperforms conventional reinforcement fabrics at any given weight.
- Increase the mechanical properties
The flat structure of TeXtreme® minimizes the negative crimp effect you will find in conventional woven fabrics.
- Enhance the surface smoothness
Better surface smoothness is achieved by fewer interlacing points, increased fiber floats and less crimp in TeXtreme®.
- Tailor-made fabrics
The flexibility in configuring TeXtreme® with desired materials, fiber types, areal weight, fiber angle, fiber distribution, tape width, and fabric width enables production of an optimized reinforcement solution.
- Give your products a new aesthetic design
The new unique fabric look of TeXtreme® gives you endless opportunities to diversify your products from your competitors.
- Save valuable production time
Production time is reduced as one ply of fabric is used instead of two unidirectional sheets.
- Ultra light tapes even from large tows
Thanks to our novel Spread Tow Technology, TeXtreme® Spread Tow Tapes can be produced from large tows (even >48k) down to an areal weight of 38gsm using 18k.
"What is really great using TeXtreme® is that the fibers are holding their +-45 degree position really well during the wet layup process. Also, the binder being glue instead of stitching totally eliminates the imprint that we can get on the ski top sheet when we use stitch fabric as the top layer. The finish is very nice and smooth. And the look we are getting is by far the most appreciated of everything we tried."
- Simon Bergeron, Engineer at ALT. Skis Inc.