CAMX 2014 preview: SAERTEX USA

SAERTEX USA LLC (Huntersville, S.C.) is entering the multiaxial NCF market with the addition of 3-D fabrics.

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SAERTEX USA LLC (Huntersville, S.C.) is entering the multiaxial NCF market with the addition of 3-D fabrics. SAERTEX 3-D fabrics are made of non-crimped fibers in the 0° and 90° orientation, with additional reinforcing fibers in Z direction. These Z fibers hold the 0°/90°layers together and offer several benefits: protection against separation, quicker infusion rates due to better flow characteristics, and improved tensile and compressive strength capabilities. These fabrics are available in thicknesses from 1.5 to 3 mm (0.06 to 0.12 inch) and are delivered on rolls. SAERTEX 3-D Billets are even thicker fabrics, ranging from 3 to 50 mm (0.12 to 2 inches), with the same fiber architecture and delivered as flat parts. The large fabric thicknesses offer time savings when cutting and inserting in a molded body, and their improved strength can lead to weight savings. Suitable applications include boatbuilding, offshore and sporting goods, commercial storage containers and mass transport.

In the conference, Steven Bakker of SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG presents "Infusion Solution for Thick Carbon Fiber Spar Caps and Thick 3D Fabrics for the Root Section of Wind Turbine Blades," Oct. 16, 2 p.m.

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