Glass fabrics with Silica

Compotex silica dipping is a versatile and effective solution

Glass fabrics with Silica – Compotex

To improve the maximum temperature resistance of glass fabric and fabricated parts, Compotex silica dipping is a versatile and effective solution. Glass fibre fabrics, either on their own or weavelocked, have a maximum temperature resistance of 550˚C. Dipping the fabric in a Compotex silica solution increases the operating temperature of the fabric up to 700˚C, and up to 750˚C for short periods.

We have a wide range of different glass fabric weights and constructions, and many different silica treatment specifications. Our offer to customers is not only in the effectiveness of the product, but also that our advanced versatile production means we tailor our specifications to the exact requirements of our customers.

Our silica dipped fabrics are commonly in the range of 400 to 1500 g/sqm. The natural colour of the finished fabric is clear, but we also colour to request, most commonly to beige or grey. We vary the stiffness of the fabric in response to your fabricating requirements.

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We have a wide range of different glass fabric weights and constructions, and many different silica treatment specifications.

Silica

We were asked whether we could treat a texturised glass fabric for extra temperature resistance, low fraying and dusting during fabrication. We verified that the operating temperature would not exceed 700˚C other than for a short peak. We therefore recommended a Compotex Silica specification.

We took delivery of some of the texturised fabric, and undertook initial lab trials. The pick-up was high, giving excellent fabric characteristics for cutting and fabrication.

We received the go-ahead for a first production run. With our advanced production technology, we can undertake short production runs as part of the development process. This was a great help in this case, and gave confidence to everyone that together we could produce the first amount of fabric to specification.

We completed the production quickly within a few weeks of the enquiry. The customer used the fabric for the first time and the specification was approved without further changes. A larger order was then placed.