10 July 2018
10 July 2018
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is introducing HighFlow Wind Energy, a fabric designed to optimise resin infusion permeability, helping designers and manufacturers deliver improved, lightweight wind turbine blades.
“As blades are getting longer and laminates thicker, resin infusibility is becoming more critical," reports Pekka Helynranta, VP Building and Wind. "HighFlow Wind Energy delivers unrivalled resin infusion, minimises air voids and reduces total cost of ownership by up to 15%. We believe that this new fabric will become the product of choice as the trend towards longer blades and thicker laminates further develops in this industry.”
HighFlow Wind Energy is the first product launch from the HighFlow platform, a range of high performance reinforcement fabrics designed to deliver unrivalled performance for lightweight composite materials.
“We now have the expertise to develop reinforcement fabrics with customised infusion speeds, without limitation of fabric construction or weight," notes Helynranta. "This opens up clear opportunities in wind energy but also in other composite applications where improved and tailor made resin infusibility constitutes a clear benefit. We are already exploring applications outside of wind energy and are planning to launch HighFlow products to other markets shortly.”
The HighFlow Wind Energy product range consists of several unidirectional and biaxial reinforcement fabrics with various infusion speeds for wind turbine blade manufacturing. They are currently available in E-glass and high modulus glass fibre versions and will be available in carbon fibre shortly.
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