Semi-finished textile products for pioneering composite materials

Fiber composites are on the advance, and are suitable for wide ranging fields of application in lightweight construction. Composites frequently comprise reinforcing textiles based on glass, carbon, aramid or ceramic fibers.

These fibers can be processed using wide-ranging textile technologies. At the FTA, textiles and semi-finished textile products known as preforms are developed and processed and their properties perfected.

The aim is to optimize the manufacture of components made of composites, and thereby making them significantly less costly to produce.

The properties of the preforms or composites made from them have to be determined, analyzed and subjected to benchmarks. This is the FTA’s standard for an evaluation of newly developed technologies, textiles and preforms. In addition, the behavior of innovative textile structures in and for follow-on processes has to be modeled and rendered predictable.

The FTA is consequently working on the selective expansion of its infrastructure, its expertise and its cooperation networks in the fields of process engineering and testing technology as well as modeling and simulation to ensure the consistent on-going development of solutions for industry.

Model of a leno woven non-crimp fabric

Simulation of drapeability

Our Leno-Woven Non-Crimp Fabrics (NCF)

The patented Leno-Woven NCF are combining outstanding properties and economic production methods. The advantages of these textiles with a new binding pattern are becoming noticeable especially using heavy-tow carbon yarns or heavy glass rovings. The most beneficial weight range is in between 350 to 1300g/m² at the moment.

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Development Cooperation with industrial partner

See the brochure to know more about developments of Leno-Woven NCFs for patient couches of Computer-Tomographs with our industrial partner Schmuhl FVT GmbH & Co. KG.

(Extract of Groz-Beckert's Newsletter- March 2016)