SAERTEX introduces glass, carbon fiber fabrics for wind blades, marine
Source | SAERTEX
Editor’s note: CompositesWorld received several new product and technology announcements ahead of JEC World 2020, which had been scheduled for March 3-5. Although that exhibition was postponed to May, CW is now publishing the announcements we received. This is one of them.
Fabric manufacturer SAERTEX (Saerbeck, Germany) is presenting a range of new glass and carbon fiber materials for wind turbine rotor blades. The newly developed reinforcement materials are used in the production of spar caps and, the company says, enable rotor blade lengths of 100 meters and more.
The SAERTEX Basic Line is a new product series that offers fast delivery times for Europe. It includes a portfolio of selected standard products that are available from stock, and covers a variety of applications in the boatbuilding, transport and sports industries.
SAERTEX is also introducing innovations on the product and project level for other boatbuilding applications, such as the new SAERfoam80 core material for sandwich structures. SAERfoam80 is suitable for use with both the vacuum infusion and resin transfer molding (RTM) processes. The new SAERfoam materials are suitable for PVC80 users due to their optimized drapability and cost saving potential.
SAERTEX is also introducing new products in the LEO series for applications with the highest fire protection requirements.
Also on display at the company’s JEC World 2020 booth is UltraFatigue UD, which was specially developed for leaf springs in passenger cars and trucks. Lastly, the company is presenting its new Carbon CSM (Chopped Strand Mat) made of recycled fibers for applications in moldmaking and the automotive industry.
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