A&P's braid is chosen by composite engineers because braid makes composite parts stronger, stiffer, tougher and more damage tolerant; plus braid is easy to use and costs less than lower-performance alternatives.
Braided material is used in high end hockey sticks because it provides superior strength, ease of use, design predictability, part to part repeatability and has negligible scrap rate.
In composite fan cases, braided fabric improves energy absorption, contains crack propagation, and offers 30% better containment properties while saving a significant amount of weight.
Braided material is the ideal reinforcement for propellers offering superior fatigue strength and outperforming alternative composite constructions by an order of magnitude.
A&P braid is offered in a variety of product forms - preforms, sleevings, broadgoods, tapes and unidirectional material – with biaxial or triaxial customized architectures. Braid provides uniform, repeatable orientations for complex geometries and enables dramatic processing improvements. In terms of cost efficiency and structural integrity, braided composites remain at the forefront of the composites market.