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WSI expands range of reinforcing fabrics and tapes

News International-French

1 Oct 2015

West System International (WSI) has updated its product range, introducing a number of new reinforcing fabrics and tapes to provide wider support to boatbuilders.

The new products include three different widths of carbon and aramid tapes and fabrics including carbon, aramid and a carbon/aramid hybrid weave - the latter combining the advantages of both materials.

The expanded West System range includes biaxial, woven fabrics and tapes that can be used to provide reinforcement and/or abrasion resistance. The tapes and fabrics can be applied in multiple layers and in combination with other materials to build composite parts.

The products include:

  • 702-703 unidirectional carbon tape
    Used to improve the tensile and compressive strength and stiffness in one direction whilst adding minimum thickness and weight. The carbon fibre warp bundles are held in place by glass weft thread for ease of handling and wet out.
  • 706-707 woven carbon tape
    To add improved tensile and compressive strength to localised areas.
  • 715-716 woven aramid tape
    Provides abrasive and tear resistance in addition to impact resistance due to its ability to absorb and dissipate energy. Provides extra strength in localised high wear areas such as canoe and kayak keel lines.
  • 760 plain weave carbon fabric
    Provides improved tensile and compressive strength to laminates.
  • 765-767 twill weave carbon fabric
    Provides improved tensile and compressive strength to laminates with superior wet out and drapeability when compared to plain weave. Provides that distinctive diagonal weave pattern when used under a clear coating.
  • 777 hybrid fabric
    A hybrid cloth that combines the stiffness of carbon with the impact and abrasion resistance of aramid.
  • 787 aramid fabric
    A high strength fabric, providing impact resistance to laminates due to its ability to absorb and dissipate energy. It also adds tear and abrasive resistance.

More information: www.westsysteminternational.com