Filament Wound Epoxy Tubes
Uses for Filament wound epoxy tubing are made by weaving fiberglass filaments around an epoxy tube. They have a similar appearance to carbon tubing wrapped but they have a greater surface area, which increases the strength.
Fiberglass reinforcements epoxy resin core are used for many applications like antennas, probe housings and antennas hammock structural elements, sensor equipment tent poles and much more. These tubes can be fabricated to exact tolerances. They are not magnetic and will not interfere with radar or radio frequency signals. They are impervious to corrosion and provide excellent electrical insulation.
Glass/epoxy composites provide a range of advantages over brass, aluminum or stainless steel tubes, including: lightweight, high flexibility and durability, compressive and tensile stiffness and their directional strength properties. This makes them ideal for a wide range of applications.
FWET tubes are available in dia's from.187" to 1.065" and lengths from 32.5" to 84.0" with +or- 0.093 in. tolerances, based on the ID size.
Continuous filament wound epoxy tubes blend the best characteristics of pultruded tubing with filament wound composites in order to create high performance products that are both durable and stiff. They are manufactured using a combination of biaxial and axial fiberglass reinforcing fibers. This results in a high-density and uniformly reinforced tubing that has the same wall thickness as same diameter of pultruded tubing.
The tubes are made according to precise specifications by placing fibers in precisely-placed locations and precisely machining them into the desired sizes. This is possible with the most modern computerized filament winding machines.
The composite is composed of various layers of fiberglass wrapped in fiberglass and then laminated together to make it durable and lightweight. Extremely high tensile and compressive strengths.
This composite is a great option for applications where weight is a major factor, such as military and aerospace components, rokkakus and other large scale structures. It is also an excellent option for any project that requires more durability and strength without the need to replace the entire composite due to damage due to cyclic loads.
It is essential to consider the following factors when choosing an epoxy for your project: 1. The processing time (also called pot life or open-time) 2. What kind of material is being used and 3. How much of this material can be processed in a single operation?
The packaging of the product will typically contain the most important information regarding these questions. This information is often coupled with the product's processing time, so that you are aware of the exact amount you're buying.
It is also essential to look at the type of resins being used, as different types of resins have differing characteristics. Some are soft and easy to work with, while others can be more demanding and require more effort. The material you select can have a significant impact on the final result of your project.