Multiaxial Non Crimp Fabrics for Reinforcing Thermoplastic Composites
S. Bakker, K. Suhre
SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG, Saerbeck, Germany
Thermoplastic composite materials are now more and more in focus as a weight-saving alternative for sheet metals, and also to enhance the mechanical property of component made by injection or compression moulding. Here the use of Multiaxial Non-Crimp Fabrics as textile reinforcement for thermoplastic composites creates a widely untapped opportunity. In order to improve the specific mechanical properties significantly, thermoplastic composites are often reinforced by continuous glass or carbon fibres. These fibres are mainly in the shape of a woven fabric or as unidirectional tapes and impregnated by molten polymer to a composite. Non-Crimp Fabrics (NCF) offer optimal fibre orientations and area weights per layer in a multi-layer structure. And these can be manufactured in a single step. Additionally spreading rovings enables to produce fabrics with
a very smooth surface. Thermoplastic composite material reinforced by Non-Crimp Fabrics form an excellent supplementary product to currently available composites. Furthermore Non-Crimp Fabric reinforced composites are suitable for components with high demands concerning surface quality and mechanical properties at the same time.
ITHEC 2016 Manuscript P23
Publication date: 01/10/2016
Manuscript P23 published in Conference Proceedings ITHEC 2016
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