Innegrity is a technical partner to Brawn GP and started jointly developing the application of Innegra fiber in Formula One in April 2008 to explore the opportunities of improving the safety of Brawn's cars, for the driver and for other cars on the track. After determining that Innegra does augment the toughness of carbon fiber, the two companies have now formalized their partnership to further explore the benefits of the lightweight, tough fiber.
Innegra is a high-performance fiber that, when used with carbon fiber, can increase the toughness, decrease the weight, and decrease the cost of carbon fiber composites. Typically used in a layered hybrid or a hybrid, the fiber can be strategically placed to reduce the weight and increase the toughness. It also does not break off as readily, shattering into pieces, but holds together often with a hinged break due to the Innegra.Ross Brawn, team principal at Brawn GP said, "We are very pleased to be working so closely with Innegrity and for the very valuable work that they are doing with the team. Strength, durability and reliability are all crucial for every single component on a Formula One car and Innegrity's product more than meets our expectations. We look forward to continuing the good work this season."
"When Innegra composite is damaged there is a tendency to tear and pull out fibres from the matrix rather than form sharp debris" says Gary Savage, Brawn's director. This sharp debris he refers to is that which flies through the air then onto the track after a crash often damaging tires and potentially causing more crashes during a race. Since Innegra helps to better maintain the integrity of the parts, the damaged cars may not have to pit immediately to replace the part saving precious seconds in the race.
Morin also will speak at CompositesWorld's Carbon Fiber conference, Dec. 9-11 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, Calif. At this event he will discuss application of Innegra fibers in carbon fiber parts and structures. For more information on this conference, and to register, visit. www.compositesworld.com/cf.