Braided Fabrics Offer Significant Cost Savings Through Simple Processing, Reduction In Waste, & Superior Performance

January 26

A&P Technology’s braided fabrics are replacing woven fabrics in applications driven by lightweighting and cost-efficiency. QISO®, a quasi-isotropic fabric in a single layer, enables reduced lay-up time, less waste and superior impact resistance. Bimax®, a +/-45° fabric stabilized with hot melt axials, provides easy lay-up without concern over misorientation, and TX-45™, a true +/-45° is much lower cost than the incumbent spirally slit woven material, and more cost-efficient than +/-45 materials produced by cutting diagonally 0/90 woven fabrics. 

Primary Topics include: 
• QISO, a single layer quasi-isotropic fabric, is used in a variety of markets. In the automotive and industrial markets, QISO offers cost & process savings, higher strengths and better damage tolerance. For Communications & Tooling markets, QISO provides dimensional stability, low CTE and simplifies the build of complex curvatures. QISO enables process efficiencies, higher strengths and impact resistance in Aerospace applications. 
• Testing comparing QISO and Plain Weave quasi-isotropic laminates of the same thickness will be analyzed. 
• Hybrid triaxial fabrics can be created in a single layer. For instance, for automotive applications requiring carbon for stiffness and requiring fiberglass for cost reductions, single layer fabrics can be created with carbon in the axial direction, and fiberglass in the bias. The flexibility of the braiding process creates optimal material solutions. 
• Braided biaxial fabrics eliminate material waste found with woven alternatives. +/-45° braided fabrics can be produced in a variety of widths and areal weights, providing the fabricator with an off-the-shelf material solution without cutting or stitching. 

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