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Carbon fabric based on spread tows "could save airlines millions in fuel costs", claim

Oxeon : 14 April, 2013  (New Product)
TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements are used in Formula 1, America’s Cup, advanced aerospace applications and various sporting goods products such as bicycles, etc. This unique carbon fabric from Sweden could also substantially reduce weight of existing aircraft and thereby enable significant savings in fuel costs.

TeXtreme is a novel carbon fabric produced by using spread tows instead of using yarns as has been conventionally done in textile reinforcements. Unlike conventional textile reinforcements, TeXtreme enables weight savings which no other type of composite reinforcement can match, claims manufacturer Oxeon.

TeXtreme Technology is flexible and tow-size independent, which enables development of optimised, tailor-made reinforcements for specific applications. Utilisation of TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics and carbon UD tapes by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, industrial and sports products can produce composite parts which are 20-30% lighter, with improved mechanical properties and superior surface smoothness.

A conservative replacement of current traditional materials with TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics, for example in composite panels in aircraft, could lower the weight of aircraft to the extent that potential fuel cost savings could be in excess of EUR43 million per annum for 20 major airlines.

Andreas Martsman, Oxeon's Vice President, Marketing & Sales, says: “This is a case where an investment from airlines in TeXtreme would actually save them money and not least save the environment. If all the airlines and their manufacturers would do this, the potential fuel savings and effect on CO2 emission is enormous. To save millions in fuel costs and at the same time contribute to a greener and more sustainable world should be in everyone’s interest.”

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