21 March 2011
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.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.