Narrow Width Woven Tapes and Braids

Often used together, particularly in tubular form, the combination of braids and wovens can provide fibre placement which has the weight and orientation required by the designer. Our woven tapes and braids come in a range of fibre types, ranging from carbon, aramid, glass, polyester and hybrids. Fibre types will be selected to best suit the application.

2014: You can now buy a wide range of our narrow width woven tapes and braids online at the PRF Online Store. We now offer a range of products online for purchase, including carbon, aramid, hybrid and glass.

Narrow Width Woven Tapes

Our range of narrow woven tapes for composite reinforcement complement our range of broad loom products and are available in widths from 10mm – 350mm wide, from carbon, aramid (Kevlar®), glass and polyester fibres. They are typically used as local reinforcement and are also highly suitable for the manufacture of high aspect ratio products such as skis. Uni-directional tubular reinforcements can also be woven with elasticated weft fibres, providing an interesting solution to the problem of reinforcing spars, cranked tubes and ducting. Our flat woven tapes are also available with powder coating for RTM applications.

Product capability in brief:

  • Width: 10mm – 350mm
  • Weight: 60 g/m² – 1200 g/m²
  • Most fibres are available.
PRF TC6303 Carbon Woven Narrow Tape, width 50mm

Our high quality carbon tape, TC6303, is available in a variety of widths.

Curved Fabrics and Spiral Woven Tapes

We also supply state-of-the-art spiral woven tapes and curved fabrics. These unique products enable you to lay a unidirectional reinforcement around circular shapes, mould or penetration, for example reinforcement around a hatch or around a wheel. With applications as far-reaching as external fixators for limbs to aerospace components, these tapes and fabrics are as useful as they are innovative. Woven in a wide range of widths and diameters, with ‘spiral woven’ referring to smaller diameters and ‘curved’ referring to higher diameters, the current product capabilities are as follows:

  • Width: 5mm to approx. 300mm
  • Diameter: 70mm to 6000mm

PRF’s Spiral woven carbon tapes offer a number of exciting possibilities for advanced applications

PRF's large range of Carbon tapes

PRF supply a wide range of carbon woven and unidirectional tapes in a variety of weights and widths to suit your application

3D Fabrics

It is now possible to realise 3D woven profile structures for preforms. We can supply these bespoke materials in carbon, glass, aramid and hybrid fabrics. The fibres are woven in a 0/90° orientation and also in 3D, right-angled on warp and weft; providing x, y & z axis reinforcement in the component. The fibres are continuous and provide a higher strength in composite parts as the forces are distributed in several directions. These 3D profiles also provide better fibre placement and packing in corners, reducing the use of noodles, and have woven edges to eliminate cutting and fraying.

A range of profile and multi-chamber 3D structures are possible up to a width of approx. 400mm.

Flat and Tubular Braids

Our braided reinforcements have unique properties which make them suitable for complete part manufacture or local reinforcement in applications where fibres need to be oriented at angles rather than at 0°/90°, as found in woven fabrics. Braids are especially functional in applications where high shear loads can be expected; for instance, within the web of a beam and for joining components.

Braids have exceptional drapeability, due to the ability of the braided fibres to change angles. As such, they are highly suited to covering and laminating preforms, as they can be accurately draped over complex contours whilst retaining their reinforcement capabilities. These products will even drape accurately around a bend.

We also offer elasticated braids, which can be manufactured to ensure that the fibre stabilises at 45° angles. This allows consistent fibre placement over long distance to be achieved in a quick and easy process.

Constructions available:

  • Flat Braids (available in widths from 5mm to 500mm)
  • Biaxial
  • Triaxial
  • Elasticated
  • Tubular Braids (available with diameters from 3mm to 250mm)
  • Braided preforms
Most fabrics are available.
PRF TXK1-021 high quality aramid braid, width 21mm, 189gsm

Our high quality flat braids are available in widths from 5mm to 500mm. We also offer biaxial, triaxial, tubular, spiral and elasticated braids, as well as braided preforms.

Contact us with your requirements.

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