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Bally to showcase 3D structures at CAMX 2022

Reinforcements are tailored to suit the architecture of the intended structure.

18th October 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Bally, PA, USA

Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) will showcase 3D woven joints, thermal protection systems (TPS) and other structures at the forthcoming CAMX 2022, taking place from October 17-20 in Anaheim, California.

BRM uses 3D continuous weaving to create new joint structures and improve existing joints. Delivering the optimal blend of strength, durability and structural integrity, the company’s 3D woven joints are available in a range of complex net shapes and provide lower weight and cost without sacrificing integrity and performance. As a result of the 3D weave, strength and support is translated in all three dimensions, enabling the join to reinforce the strength along the load paths of the sub-structures being joined together. These 3D woven shapes for joining can be tailored to suit the architecture of the structure itself, as well as the sub-components being joined.

3D woven composites by BRM are particularly successful in aviation heat shield applications such as thermal protection systems. These systems are mission-critical components, particularly in space exploration vehicles, and reduce weight and cost while maintaining excellent performance in TPS systems. The ability to vary yarn types, density, thickness and width, as well as resin type, allows BRM to create fully customisable TPS to fit each specific mission or application’s needs.

Along with TPS systems, 3D woven components also function well as engine parts in aircraft. Replacing traditional titanium engine components with 3D woven carbon fibre composites serves to reduce weight and therefore lifetime cost, while meeting the rigorous demands of manufacturing and use.

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