Defect-free Fibre Steering
Our innovative Continuous Tow Shearing (CTS), the world’s first automated composites manufacturing process that can place carbon fibre tapes along curved paths without generating defects.
Our patented fibre steering technology realises ultra-lightweight composite structures beyond the limit of the conventional straight fibre designs and complex geometry, which is not manufacturable using current state-of-the-art technologies.
CTS process for UD NCF tapes
Fibres can follow directly the primary load paths
Reduction of stress concentration (holes, joints, etc)
Drastically improved buckling performance (insensitivity to geometric imperfections)
Drastic weight savings
Expanded design space improves all aspects of structural performance (vibration response, aeroelastic tailoring, etc)
Realising complex composite structures non-manufacturable
in the past
Steering can lead to near net-shape preforms, reducing the material waste (e.g. curved wing stiffeners)
Steering of tapes is necessary to fully cover doubly-curved components
Potential benefits in forming performance
More effective use of expensive materials
CTS can also drastically reduce
labour costs and manufacture
times owing to minimised material
use and wastage.