Non-woven Flexible Multiply Towpreg Fabric
Muzzy, John D.
Colton, Jonathan S.
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A non-woven towpreg fabric and a method of production therefor. The non-woven towpreg fabric is fabricated from a plurality of flexible, multiply towpregs, comprising towpreg plies which comprise reinforcing filaments substantially wetout by a matrix forming material, which then are bonded together to form the fabric. The method of production for the non-woven towpreg fabric involves spreading the reinforcing filaments, coating the reinforcing filaments with the matrix forming material in a manner causing interfacial adhesion, forming the towpreg plies by heating the matrix forming material until the matrix forming material liquefies and coats the reinforcing filaments, cooling the towpreg plies in a manner while said towpregs remain substantially unconsolidated until the matrix forming material solidifies, overlapping a plurality of the towpreg plies, and bonding the towpreg plies together. Multidimensional fabrics, preforms and composite articles also can be formed by this invention.
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