Fibre Glast offers a wide selection of reinforcement fabrics for the composites industry, including carbon fiber, fiberglass, and Kevlar®. Each reinforcement fabric is offered in a variety of widths, weave patterns, custom cut to length options, braided sleeves, tow, and tapes. We take great measure to ensure that all of the products we handle are First Quality, manufactured to the highest standards for maximized strength and perfect cosmetics.
Selecting the correct reinforcement fabric is crucial to the success of the finished part. Fiberglass tends to be the "all-purpose" choice, while Kevlar® offers high abrasion resistance, and carbon fiber offers unmatched strength to weight ratios which are vital to the auto racing and aerospace industries.
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There are several types of fabrics commonly used for reinforcing composites. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Fiberglass Fabric: Fiberglass fabric is made from woven strands of glass fibers. It is widely used as a reinforcement material in composites due to its excellent strength, durability, and affordability. Fiberglass fabric is available in various weights and weaves, offering flexibility in selecting the right fabric for specific applications.
- Carbon Fiber Fabric: Carbon fiber fabric is made from woven strands of carbon fibers. It is known for its high strength-to-weight ratio and excellent stiffness. Carbon fiber fabric is commonly used in applications where lightweight and high-performance properties are required, such as aerospace, automotive, and sporting goods.
- Aramid Fabric: With our commitment to First Quality, we sell KEVLAR® brand aramid fabrics. KEVLAR® fabric is made from woven strands of KEVLAR® fibers, which possess exceptional strength and resistance to impact, making KEVLAR® fabric suitable for applications that require high tensile strength and toughness. It is commonly used in aerospace, and industrial applications.
- Hybrid Fabrics: Hybrid fabrics combine different types of fibers to achieve a combination of desired properties. For example, a hybrid fabric may consist of a blend of carbon fibers and Kevlar or aramid fibers, offering a balance between strength, stiffness, and cost. These fabrics provide tailored performance characteristics based on the specific requirements of the application.
- Glass Mat: Glass mat, also known as chopped strand mat, consists of randomly oriented chopped glass fibers held together by a binder. It is commonly used as a reinforcement material in hand lay-up processes. Glass mat provides good conformability and is easy to wet out with resin, making it suitable for applications where complex shapes or curved surfaces are involved.
The choice of reinforcement fabric depends on the specific requirements of the composite application, such as mechanical properties, weight, cost, and environmental considerations. It is important to select a fabric that is compatible with the resin system, as different fabrics may have different characteristics and processing requirements.
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