3D Fiber Reinforcement
Why 3D fiber reinforcement?
- Composites based on 1D (uniaxial) or 2D (laminates of single layer fabrics) normally fail through delamination where an out-of-plane load or impact causes matrix failure
- Composites based on 3D reinforcement have higher damage tolerance and impact resistance
- 3D preforms can incorporate integral (unitary) shapes
- Thicker 3D preforms reduce cutting and lay-up time.
- Non-crimp fiber architecture leads to higher strength composites
- Simultaneous multiple fill insertions speed production
- Best suited for relatively flat shapes
- Thicknesses of 0.1” at widths up to 120 inches
- Thicknesses to 2 ½” at widths up 24”
- Read more about 3WEAVE®
- Thick layerless preforms
- Best suited for cylindrical or tubular shapes
- Cross-sections up to 2 in2
- Read more about 3BRAID®