Technical Literature

New High performance HH Catamarans reinforced by TeXtreme®

‘Use of TeXtreme in performance sailboat construction is just getting started,’ said Tomas Sjöö, marine sales manager for the product. ‘Boatbuilders are rightly cautious in adopting new materials and techniques in their business, where major failure is not an option yet cost control still remains critical. Reputations are carefully built and vigorously protected and making changes to a build process can be difficult.

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TeXtreme® unveils new Spread Tow fabric delivering unrivaled damage performance

Market leader in Spread Tow reinforcements, Oxeon, has developed a new and improved version of its TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon fiber fabric with increased damage performance that outperforms currently used carbon fiber reinforcements in several key categories.

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Article about spread tow reinforcements

Spread tow reinforcements are being increasingly used within all kinds of industries working with composites and especially those using carbon fiber. In Part 1 of this two-part article Fredrik Ohlsson of Oxeon AB outlines the construction and manufacture of spread tow reinforcements and discusses their benefits over other reinforcements.

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Case Study - Carbon fabrics help e-Go aircraft to save 53% on weight

UK aircraft manufacturer e-Go is about to launch a Single Seat De-Regulated (SSDR) aircraft. To build an aircraft with the required weight and mechanical performance, the use of Spread Tow carbon fabrics was essential. On certain parts, the weight saving was as much as 53%.

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Case Study - ORACLE TEAM USA turns to TeXtreme® to reduce weight

The America’s Cup has always been a quest for lightweight solutions, producing better and lighter structures, and the 34th edition of the competition is no exception. What is different from previous campaigns is that this time around the financial climate dictated that finding cost-effective solutions had to play a larger role. To meet these demands Oracle Team USA turned to TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon reinforcements, with which substantial weight savings were ultimately realised.

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Case Study - Tip tows (Volvo Polestar Racing)

Mention carbon fibre and most people think of a single substance. Despite the fact that the phrase has become so synonymous with carbon fibre there’s still a tendency to forget that it is actually a composite of several different materials; each with their own structure and layout.

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Case Study - Spread-tow fabric secures ultralight aircraft’s weight goal

Startup general aviation manufacturer Shark Aero (Hlboké, Slovak Republic) designed its composite-airframed, single-seat prototype ultralight aircraft (ULA), the Shark UL, with a view toward reducing weight. European ULA aircraft (also known in Europe as microlights) are limited by the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAR-1) to a maximum empty weight of only 300 kg/660 lb, but they are allowed a top speed of 300 kmh (186 mph). Read more...


Case Study - Kiteboards perform better with TeXtreme® reinforcement

Specialist kiteboard and surfboard manufacturer North Kiteboarding uses TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fabric from Oxeon AB in its new Select and Team Series composite boards to produce the lightest products on the market, with the best riding experience.

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Paper - A new approach to producing tubular items using +α/-β Spread Tow Fabrics

The recent development of continuous-length +α/-β Spread Tow Fabric manufacture, wherein spread tow tapes are incorporated at angles other than conventional 0°/90°, opens up new opportunities in manufacturing tubular items. With continuous-length +α/-β Spread Tow Fabrics becoming available now, the roll-wrapping method could be a new, direct and cost-effective way to manufacture tubular composite material products such as power and transmission poles, lamp posts, pipes, industrial rollers, oars, casings, golf clubs, masts etc., which are presently extensively produced employing the filament winding process.

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Paper -Technical and economic advantages of continuous length +α -β Spread Tow Fabrics

A new reinforcement fabric called +α/-β Spread Tow Fabric (+α/-β STF) has been developed recently. It incorporates Spread Tow Tapes of carbon fibers in angular orientations relative to the fabric’s length direction. The +α/-β STF is producible in continuous length. It has been developed to enable direct production of multi-directional reinforcement by plying. Through use of +α/-β STF the production of composite materials can be simplified and quickened, besides improving their performance and quality. The technical and economic advantages of +α/-β STF, which is considered to be a uniquely optimized material solution for enabling automated composite material manufacture, introduced in this Paper.

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A recommended guide for how to work with TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics

In order to make best use of TeXtreme® and to give some advice on how to work with Spread Tow Fabrics we have developed an illustrative guide.

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Paper - Continuous-length Spread Tow +α/-β Fabrics

Fabrics with +α/-β orientation of spread tows is a recent development. They are composed of two sets of Spread Tow Tapes arranged at an angle, either equal or unequal, relative to the fabric’s length direction, such as +45/-45, +30/-60, +50/-25 etc. These +α/-β fabrics are advantageously produced in continuous-lengths and are innovative solutions for effectively complementing the existing 0/90 Spread Tow woven Fabrics to realize easily and quickly an optimized multidirectional lightweight reinforcement by plying them directly.

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Case Study - Composite surface smoothness improvement

Spread Tow Fabrics could be a valuable solution to improve the surface smoothness of composites, reducing print-through and visual defects. These reinforcements could reduce the use of extra
fillers, padding and thick gelcoats, leading to weight and labour savings. Here is a case study describing how the Finnish company Baltic Yachts successfully improved their composite hulls through the use of Spread Tow Fabrics.

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Case Study - Spread Tow Fabrics reduce waveboard weight

For windsurfing, Fanatic (Molln, Austria) recently introduced a new version of its FreeWave board, called FreeWave TeXtreme, made with trademarked TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon Fabric from Oxeon AB (Boras, Sweden).

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Paper - Advantages of Ultra Light Woven Spread Tow Fabrics

Woven carbon fibre Spread Tow Fabrics (STF) – TeXtreme® - are being used increasingly in the composite materials industry. They provide relatively increased mechanical performance, weight savings, draping ability and flat surface. As a greater number of filaments are exposed in STF they also present correspondingly improved wetting ability.

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