Composites Evolution Ltd

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Reduce Costs

Reduce Costs

Biotex Flax in a carbon part reduces costs for the same performance

Enhance Fire Performance

Enhance Fire Performance

Ecopreg has equivalent fire performance to phenolics

Improve Health & Safety

Improve Health & Safety

Ecopreg and Biotex give a safer working environment

Increase Damping

Increase Damping

Biotex Flax improves the damping of carbon fibre parts

Reduce Environmental Impact

Reduce Environmental Impact

Biotex and Ecopreg materials are sustainable and renewable

Reduce Weight

Reduce Weight

Use Biotex to reduce the weight of your parts

Improve Aesthetics

Improve Aesthetics

Biotex gives a natural look with similar performance to glass fibre

Lightweight Sustainable Canoe

Background

Boatbuilding is one of many industries to have seen a rise in the use of synthetic materials in recent years. Synthetic materials can offer enhanced strength-to-weight properties, however reduce the sustainability of the resulting application due to being man-made.

Flaxland wanted to return to more traditional boatbuilding methods and use only environmentally-friendly fabrics for their canoes. It contacted Composites Evolution after trialling many flax fabrics, and found that Biotex Flax displayed good impregnation and wet out, and tear strength which was equal to synthetic materials.

Production

Composites Evolution worked extensively with Flaxland, who used Biotex Flax 4×4 Plain weave and Biotex 3H Satin weave to create two versions of their natural fibre canoes. The Plain weave offers a resilient and durable canoe with a net weight of less than 12kg. The Satin version was created to give a lightweight option suitable for racing and has a net
weight of just 8kg.

Material Selection

The canoe made from 1 layer of Biotex Flax Plain weave/Biotex 3H Satin and a UV cured bioresin (EcoComp UV-L resin), provided by Sustainable Composites.

Why Biotex Flax?

Flaxland trialled and tested a variety of fabrics and found that Biotex Flax suited the projects needs and gave optimal performance for it to create its lightweight and durable natural fibre canoes.


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Composites Evolution Case Study - Flaxland Canoe