HexForce® Bias Weave Reinforcements

Continuous rolls of carbon fiber fabric in which the warp and weft yarns are oriented on the bias at +/- 45°

Patented solution to optimize material usage

Hexcel has developed a patented process to manufacture continuous rolls of carbon fiber fabric in which the warp and weft yarns are oriented on the bias at +/- 45° in standard plain or crow foot satin weaves. 

Benefits

Reduced prepreg waste (up to 60% savings)

  • Prepregged fabrics can be slit to an optimum width for automated manufacturing
  • Kitting waste from cutting of standard 0/90° to +/- 45° is eliminated
  • Reduced labor
  • Pattern cutting and lay-up is simplified
  • Increased design allowables as the warp and fill will have the same properties due to an equal amount of crimp (unlike standard 0/90 fabrics)
  • Elimination of fabric or prepreg splices in parts
  • This continuous fabric provides constant thickness along the length of the part by eliminating seams

Typical Applications

Ideal for high aspect ratio parts that need bias reinforcement:

  • Ribs, stringers, spars
  • Helicopter blades
  • Engine nacelles
  • Secondary structures
  • Barrel sections of aircraft

Product Range

  • Currently available for 193 to 285 3K HS and from 193 to 285 6K IM
  • HexForce® PX (+/-45° plain weave)
  • HexForce® CSX (+/-45° crow foot satin weave)

Produced with high strength (HexTow® AS4) and intermediate modulus (HexTow® IM7) fibers. Minimum master width available: 50” and 60”. Ideal for prepreg and RTM processing.