Braiding rocks and cutting costs

Aims

This was a collaborative project with a major automotive manufacturer. It was part-funded by Innovate UK. The aims were to pioneer the use of basalt fibre in braiding, to develop a lower cost alternative to S2 glass.

Outcomes

We proved our world-leading ability to produce braided basalt structures, which were superior in stiffness to S2 glass and were produced at a fraction of the cost. The basalt structures also had better electrical insulation properties and were more sustainable.

Through this programme, we also established a new supply chain for producing basalt composite components.

Outcomes

We proved our world-leading ability to produce braided basalt structures, which were superior in stiffness to S2 glass and were produced at a fraction of the cost. The basalt structures also had better electrical insulation properties and were more sustainable.

Through this programme, we also established a new supply chain for producing basalt composite components.

"Basalt PA6 has been shown to exhibit stiffness properties superior to that of S2 glass at a fraction of the cost"
Project report, Nov 2019
EB Auto Innovate UK

Potential

Structures braided with basalt fibre have huge potential for companies that require the superior properties of S2 glass, but need to reduce costs or de-carbonise their processes, products and supply chains. Sectors which stand to benefit the most include transport and infrastructure.

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Award-winning

Our technology has been recognised as world-leading. Working with a consortium of other manufacturing companies, we won two global innovation awards for the design of a very light rail carriage:

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