Spread Tow

Spread Tow Manufacture

Spread Tow manufacture starts with the manufacture of thin, flat, uni-directional tape. This tape is known as Spread Tow tape and can be woven into Spread Tow fabric. The manufacture of Spread Tow as we know it was perfected in 1995 by Dr. Nandan Khokar.

The Spread Tow tapes are usually woven in a Spread Tow formation and usually this is easily recognisable by the surface as it easily distinguishable the two separate tapes that are overlapping.

Spread Tow fabric is often made using Carbon Fibre. This produces a fabric that is described as being a ‘Performance’ fabric. This way of manufacturing means that there is less weight and pressure on the composites during manufacture. The process of making Spread tow works better when filament fibres are used and also when the tapes are woven so that they are exactly perpendicular and straight, they are able to take loads better, both in tensile strength and compression.

Properties of Spread Tow Fabrics

  • Low crimp
  • Smooth
  • Improved mechanical performance
  • Thin
  • Good Drape
  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Quick Processing
  • Checked surface appearance
  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Durable
  • Flexible
  • Versatile

End Uses of Spread Tow Fabrics

  • Performance Clothing
  • Lightweight Jackets
  • Motorcycle Clothing

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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