Hexcel announces intermediate modulus carbon fiber

HexTow IM10 carbon fiber exhibits a tensile strength of more than 1,010 ksi and a tensile modulus of 44 Msi.

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Hexcel (Dublin, Calif.) announced at the JEC Composites Show its new HexTow IM10 carbon fiber that it claims is a breakthrough material. The new small denier fiber, based on Hexcel’s legacy of intermediate modulus fiber technology, exhibits a tensile strength of more than 1,010 ksi and a tensile modulus of 44 Msi, with a tensile strain of 2.1 percent. The company says IM10 provides the highest commercially-available tensile strength, which is achieved through a combination of better precursor technology coupled with fiber processing. Other innovations offered by Hexcel at the show include new HexForce bias-weave fabrics that reduce waste caused by cutting standard weave fabrics to create a ±45° orientation.