Used in RTM and Infusion composite processes, SHARX Briaded Sleevings boasts high conforming architechture and continuous load paths. For additional information on the advantages of SHARX Briaded Sleevings, please get in touch.
SHARX Braided Sleevings
Sharx™ braided sleevings easily and repeatedly conform to the shape of products with changing geometries like prosthetics and hockey sticks, improving overall performance, minimizing weight, and maximizing strength. A sleeving takes on the exact shape and dimensions of the part over which it is pulled. When the sleeving is pulled over a part with changing cross-sections the fiber orientation, the thickness, and the yield of the braid vary at each point along the length of the part. These variations are predictable and repeatable and lend themselves to easy and precise manufacture of composite parts.
Sharx™ braid is seamless, so all fibers within the reinforcement work together to carry the load. The fibers in Sharx™ sleevings orient themselves to follow the load path. For instance, a 2" diameter sleeving used to manufacture a goalie stick pulls down to 1.1" over the handle resulting in a low angle which increases the stiffness. As this same sleeving is pulled over the blade of the goalie stick, the braid diameter increases to 2.3" resulting in a 54.4 degree angle and increased impact resistance.
Weights and Materials
Sharx™ braid is available in Carbon Fibre, Glass Fibre, Aramid (Kevlar) Fibre and various Hybrid versions. Ariel weights are also varied, please down load the PDF data sheets for more information.
Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Inc. (H&B) of Louisville, Kentucky, reinforces its TPX Pro Composite baseball bats with A&P Technology's Sharx™ braided fiberglass sleevings
The natural conformability of Sharx™ allows for a simple, one-step layup process in which a sleeving conforms to the exact shape of the bat, providing a seamless construction.
First, a sleeving is pulled over the bat. As it is pulled down to a smaller diameter, the braid angle changes from the original 45° to approximately 20°. The 20° angle increases the longitudinal strength of the composite bat where it is most needed, in the handle, and the 45° in the top portion of the bat grants optimal torsion.
The process is then repeated to make a second layer. The bat is then placed in a heat-shrink tube and injected with an epoxy resin. The result is a bat that is good for several thousand hits, a dramatic improvement over the life expectancy of the regular ash bat.