High performance unidirectional fabric for automotive, sporting goods and decorative applications, UD 275 gsm
Biotex Flax provides high levels of performance, coupled with the ease of processing normally associated with glass-reinforced materials. The materials use a unique twistless technology to provide a combination of sustainability, performance and processability not previously seen in composites. Compared to glass fibre composites, Biotex Flax offers reduced weight, improved environmental impact, vibration damping, similar specific stiffness and safer handling.
Biotex Flax is available in a range of yarn weights and fabric constructions. The materials can be processed using standard composites manufacturing techniques and are suitable for semi-structural and decorative applications in a range of sectors, including automotive, sports & leisure, consumer goods and construction.
Biotex Flax 275g/m² Unidirectional fabric is typically used for high-performance applications in sporting goods, automotive and general purpose components.
Typical processes for Biotex Flax fabrics include vacuum infusion or resin transfer moulding using either standard resins or bio-based resins. The fabrics can also be pre-pregged, and processing is carried out in the same way as glass fibre.
- Weave Style: Unidirectional
- Fabric Weight: 275 g/m²
- Width: 330 mm
- Typical Ply Thickness: 0.3-0.6 mm, depending on process
Typical processes for Biotex Flax fabrics include vacuum infusion or resin transfer moulding using either standard resins or bio-based resins. The fabrics can also be pre-pregged, and processing is carried out in the same way as glass fibre. Mechanical Properties
Typical mechanical properties of moulded laminates
- Fibre Volume Fraction: 27%
- Density: 1.28 g/cm³
- Tensile Modulus: 18.8 GPa (ISO 527-4)
- Tensile Strength: 174 MPa (ISO 527-4)
- Elongation: 1.5% (ISO 527-4)
- Flexural Modulus: 15.1 GPa (ISO 14125)
- Flexural Strength: 196 MPa (ISO 14125)
Data from vacuum infused laminates using unsaturated polyester resin, tested at ambient temperature.
Biotex Flax reinforcements are based on renewable biomass and have fewer health and safety concerns than many conventional alternative materials. However, typical precautions should be taken when handling the material including using appropriate PPE and adequate ventilation.