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T-Bar and Cross-member Jointing System

21 March 2011

Biteam has developed a new 3D woven T-Bar profile, comprising a fully integrated single-piece T beam with a solid square / rectangle bar at the tip of the T profile's web.

The T-Bar has been developed for enabling a jointing system that functions as stiffener and supporter for producing large structures, just as found in woodwork. The T-Bar is designed to fit with a cross-member having a matching cutout so that the two lock mechanically.

Suitable panels/sheets can be fixed at either one or both sides of the jointed structure to manufacture the required products. T-Bar beams and cross-members are producible in different dimensions according to application needs. The expected advantages of the new T-Bar jointing system are:

- One-piece construction - no 'noodles/fillers', plying and stitching required.
- Flat sides of the T-Bar provide large bonding/fastening surfaces.
- Improved structural rigidity and reliability.
- Flexibility in construction.
- Customized performance.
- Reduced constructional labour, time and cost.






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