Specification

Fabric Specification
Fibre SpecificsDowaksa A38 3k
Weave2 x 2 Twill
FormatBraided Sleeve
Weight and Dimensions
Thickness0.4mm
Width10mm
Consolidated Thickness0.4mm
Areal Weight350g/m²
Product Data
ColourBlack
Filament Count3k
Fibre TypeCarbon Fibre
UV StabilityFully UV Stable
BrandDowaksa
Compatible With
Compatible WithEpoxyYes
Compatible WithPolyesterYes
Compatible WithVinylesterYes
General Properties
Gross Weight0.011kg

10mm 350g 3k Lightweight Braided Carbon Fibre Sleeve

Braided carbon fibre tube/sleeve can be used as reinforcement for tubular forms including making or reinforcing carbon fibre tubes/frames. This braid has a nominal diameter of 10mm (with the weave at 45°) but can contract down to 4mm or expand up to 13mm diamater.

Woven from lightweight 3k fibre at 350gsm. Sold by the linear metre.


AVAILABILITY:More than 100 availablefor immediate shipping


PRICE
£6.23ex. VAT
(£623.00 /SQM)
More than 100 availablefor immediate shipping
QTY
LINEAR METRES
LINEAR METRES

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Carbon fibre braided sleeve made from continuously woven biaxial carbon fibre. This very light-weight, 10mm nominal diameter braid is woven from Dowaksa A38 3K fibre in a 2/2 twill weave pattern and is suitable for a range of applications including making tubing and reinforcing tubes, rods and poles.

This 10mm carbon fibre sleeve can be expanded by up to 30% and contracted by up to 70% making it suitable for use making tubing with a diameter of between 4mm and 13mm.

How to Buy

This 10mm carbon braid is sold by the linear metre (with the braid at its natural 45° orientation) in a continuous length. For example; if you purchase a quantity of '5' you will receive a continuous length of braid 5m long. There is no minimum order quantity but several volume discounts are available for larger quantities.

Trade discounts

0-12-45-910+
£6.23£5.45£4.67£3.70
We won’t be beaten on price!

If you believe you’re buying an equivalent product cheaper elsewhere, contact us to discuss your requirements.

Carbon fibre braided sleeve made from continuously woven biaxial carbon fibre. This very light-weight, 10mm nominal diameter braid is woven from Dowaksa A38 3K fibre in a 2/2 twill weave pattern and is suitable for a range of applications including making tubing and reinforcing tubes, rods and poles.

This 10mm carbon fibre sleeve can be expanded by up to 30% and contracted by up to 70% making it suitable for use making tubing with a diameter of between 4mm and 13mm.

How to Buy

This 10mm carbon braid is sold by the linear metre (with the braid at its natural 45° orientation) in a continuous length. For example; if you purchase a quantity of '5' you will receive a continuous length of braid 5m long. There is no minimum order quantity but several volume discounts are available for larger quantities.

Specification

Fabric Specification
Fibre SpecificsDowaksa A38 3k
Weave2 x 2 Twill
FormatBraided Sleeve
Weight and Dimensions
Thickness0.4mm
Width10mm
Consolidated Thickness0.4mm
Areal Weight350g/m²
Product Data
ColourBlack
Filament Count3k
Fibre TypeCarbon Fibre
UV StabilityFully UV Stable
BrandDowaksa
Compatible With
Compatible WithEpoxyYes
Compatible WithPolyesterYes
Compatible WithVinylesterYes
General Properties
Gross Weight0.011kg
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For wet-lay lamination you will use approximately the same weight of resin as the weight of the fabric. For example, with a 200gsm cloth, for 1 square metre you will have 200g of fabric and thus will need 200g of resin to wet it out, plus a small amount of wastage for the brush and mixing pot.

'3k' is the filament count or tow size. It simply means that each 'bunch' of carbon fibres that this cloth is woven from is made up of 3000 individual carbon filaments. Bigger counts (6k, 12k etc.) means chunkier 'bunches' of carbon so chunkier fabrics.

Thickness of any reinforcement is dependent on consoldation (how much it's 'squashed down'. For this reason we generally give out thickness figures for when the reiforcement is consoldated under vacuum (1bar); this seems like the most useful figure. For example, a 90gsm carbon, a single layer, compressed under vacuum, would be about 0.1mm thick. For a 200gsm carbon a single layer would be about 0.25mm thick. This is the number you see listed under 'thickness' in the specification table.

You can purchase a sample of our fabrics here.

Well, this depends entirely on what reinforcement you're laminating, speficically how thick and heavy it is. If you're laminating 5mm of carbon fibre you'll use a lot more resin that if you're laminating just 1mm of it. Fortunately though there a really quick rule to get a good estimate - simply add up the total weight of your reinforcement and you'll probably need the same weight in resin. This means that if you're laminating 5 layers of 200g carbon (so a total of 1000g of carbon) then you'll want about 1000g (i.e. 1kg) of Epoxy Resin. If it was 2 layers of 450g glass then you'd need about 900g per square metre.

The carbon fabric itself will survive many hundreds of degrees and is not the limiting factor for almost all applications. The limiting factor will be the heat distortion temperature of the resin system you plan to laminate this fabric with.



An engine rocker/cam cover may easily be exposed to hot oils at around 120°C as well as heat from the exhaust which would be dependent on the engine configuration and level of tune. As such we would recommend considering using a higher temperature resin system such as our Very High Temperature Epoxy Laminating Resin which, with an appropriate post-cure, can be used up to 180°C.



An alternative option would be to consider making the part with an out of autoclave pre-preg carbon fibre where typically the resin systems can achieve a HDT up to 120°C.

For very critical applications, such as aerospace, even dry carbon fabrics will be 'lifed' due to very gradual degradation of the sizing on the fibres, however in practice, for most applications, the degradation is minimal and most users would consider dry fabrics to not have a shelf life when stored appropriately.

All Carbon fibres are naturally charcoal black in colour.

When infused against a mould surface, the mould facing surface will take on the finish of the mould itself, i.e. if the mould is smooth and glossy, so will the finished part.

We use the same measurement that the manufacturers use when measuring the braid, that is with the fibre orientation at 45 degrees, which should be half way between 'fully stretched' and fully contracted; it is quite fluid though (as you'll now have seen) and so it can easily appear shorted or longer than expected depending on how much it's opened up.

Just stretch it, that will reduce the diameter of the sleeve.

We actually list the thickness on the 'specification tab'; if you look under Thickness at 50% FV mm you'll see that the nominal thickness of the material.

This is just the dry fabric. To make use of the sleeve you would need to combine it with a suitable resin, like our EL2 Epoxy Laminating Resin, which would then cure to make the finished product.

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