Vectorply has introduced the latest product addition to the VectorUltra line of advanced composite reinforcements.
According to Vectorply, the 94 oz/yd² carbon quadraxial fabric, named C-4QX 9400, is an all-standard modulus carbon fibre quasi-isotropic reinforcement fabric that is excellent fit for tooling, panel, and thick section advanced composite applications.
Vectorply explains that its C-4QX 9400 is constructed utilising a balanced and symmetric construction (mirror image), [90°/0°/45°/-45°]S stacking sequence of approximately 400gsm carbon plies. The architecture of the fabric provides a very low and consistent coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and an un-coupled (non-potato-chipping) laminate, an ideal combination for high-performance composite tooling, which experience large temperature changes.
The symmetric construction is designed to allow panel manufacturers to fabricate ultra-flat panels, and the 3200gsm areal weight allows for minimal labour requirements for building thick cross sections. In addition, the quasi-isotropic nature also provides high bearing strength, which it says, combined with its high areal weight, is a perfect material for inserts and hard points requiring mechanical fasteners.
The C-4QX 9400 fabric is described as a versatile option for manufactures since is can be used in both prepreg and resin infusion applications. It is also available in a ‘tapered’ option along the fabric width, allowing for scarf joining and consistent thickness across joints.