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A highly aligned flax-based tape

News International-French

30 Mar 2015

NetComposites, in collaboration with Tilsatec and Formax, has developed an innovative, highly aligned flax-based tape and non-crimp fabric.

The new material is suitable for thermoset composite applications and will give improved properties over conventional woven natural fibre based composite materials. It has a higher stiffness per unit weight than glass fibre.

The material is suitable for a range of applications including automotive, sporting and consumer goods. Variants with thermoplastics, such as PLA and polypropylene, and bio-based pre-pregs are also being developed.

The development of the highly aligned flax has been supported by the UK's Composites Innovation Cluster.

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