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High performance fabric for automotive, sporting goods and decorative applications Plain 500g/m²

P1040513 Biotex Flax 500 4x4 Plain Weave

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 500g/m² 4×4 plain weave fabric is typically used for semi-structural and decorative components in applications such as sporting goods, consumer goods and automotive interiors.

Processing
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.


Specifications
Weave Style: 4x4 Plain Weave
Fabric Weight: 500 g/m²
Width: 1250 mm - others on request
Typical Ply Thickness: 0.6-1.0 mm, depending on process

Processing
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

Vacuum infused unsaturated polyester

  • Fibre Volume Fraction: 30%
  • Density: 1.29 g/cm³
  • Tensile Modulus: 9.4 GPa (ISO 527-4)
  • Tensile Strength; 70 MPa (ISO 527-4)
  • Elongation; 1.4% (ISO 527-4)
  • Flexural Modulus: 7.2 GPa (ISO 14125)
  • Flexural Strength: 114 MPa (ISO 14125)

Press moulded epoxy prepreg

  • Fibre Volume Fraction: 45%
  • Density: 1.34 g/cm³
  • Tensile Modulus: 11 GPa (ISO 527-4)
  • Tensile Strength; 89 MPa (ISO 527-4)
  • Elongation; 1.3% (ISO 527-4)
  • Flexural Modulus: 7.7 GPa (ISO 14125)
  • Flexural Strength: 136 MPa (ISO 14125)
Tested at ambient temperature.


Safety
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.

Case Studies

Samsara Surfboard

Flaxland Kano

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