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26th February 2018, Gothenburg

Biteam develops new tapered I-beam

The novel tapered I-beam is suited for aircraft wing structures, windmill blades, porch roofs, and balcony supports, among other applications.Biteam, a leading Sweden based specialist manufacturer of woven profiled materials, has developed the first integrated I-beam composite material with a tapering angle of about 6°. This development follows the success of the regular/non-tapered I-beam, for which Biteam received the JEC Innovation Award at The Future of Composites in Construction, held in June 2017, Chicago, IL. The novel carbon fibre tapered I-beam will be displayed at the JEC World in Paris, next week.

The tapered I-beam displaying varying heights has Combination Architecture with ±45° reinforcement in the web and 0/90° in each of the flanges. The web-flange junctions have mutual through-thickness integration for increased resistance to delamination. The web tapering angle can be produced within reasonable limits to suit performance demands.

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