Conductive Fabrics
Heating Fabrics

Heating, de-icing or Electro Magnetic fabric for functionalization of SMART textiles, composites parts or heating molds
17 Tibgrid.jpg
17 Tibgrid-IR.jpg

Tibgrid®: flexible heating fabrics and heating textiles for multilayers or composite parts and tooling

Tibgrid heating fabrics integrate a heating yarn attached to a textile support which is light and with a very open structure.

The Tibgrid heating fabric is characterized by:

  • The heating circuit width.

  • The pitch of the circuit (i.e. gap between each sinusoid of the heating yarn): from 4mm to 20mm.

  • Hetring wire types - Please also note the large choice of compatibles functionnal wires developped specifically by TIBTECH - non insulated "N" or insulated "I" of different resitivity.

  • The presence of selvedges (additional support fabric aside the heating circuit) to ease the Tibgrid fabric integration.
     

See picture hereunder! Furthermore, a power calculator is also available

 

What is the interest fo using TIBGRID rather than only heating wires ?

Within TIBGRID structures , the regularity of functional wires positionning allows:

  • A gain of time through easy laying on complex surfaces:

  • Avoid heating wires overlapping that may cause hot spots:

  • Maintain a good structural cohesion , thanks to very smooth injection or flow of resins, thermoplastics, elastomeric , foam or other silicones:

  • To avoid deformation strain on fuctionnal wires , and therefore ot increase product lifetime under repeated thermal cycles :

  • Excellent flexibility in textiles or multilayers structures, as well as excellent moisture exchanges

PTFE within composites… is it really incompatible?
 

In fact the non adherent functionnal wire creates a tube within the composite structure, in wich it can freely move through thermal dilatation cycles. Therefore it doesn't damage either le fuctionnal wire, nor the matrix. This allows a much better lifetime of the composite structure.

Properties:

  • The pitch, or space between heating wires, can be adapted to your heating requirements by surface unit.

  • Can easily be inserted between two composite or textile layers thanks to its open structure. The fabric is therefore completely embedded into the material.

  • A version of the Tibgrid fabrics also exists with a double heating circuits in order to :

    • Have a redundant heating grid, for instance for aerospace applications.

    • Have a higher areal power without increasing the thickness.

    • Ease the connection : the input and output of the circuit are at the same place.

18 Tibgrid-s.jpg

Applications:

  • Composite functionalization : de-icing or heating.

  • In many fields or application it is necessary to De-ice composite parts or multilayers structures : some examples:

    • Antenna deicing, Wind turbine blades or propellers, ou cold rooms deicing devices

    • Defrosting of rolling plates for land or rail transport. or structural parts where flexibility or light weight is required.

    • Wastewater deicing, unclogging of fatty substances within filtration media...

    • Pre-heating of composite fuel tank or fuids transfer pipes.

    • Pre heating of engines or battery casing in cold regions.

  • Electrically heatable molds: out of autoclave process for curing, infiltration (RTM) or preforming for composite manufacturing.

  • Main interest of this technology is to avoid the very important investment cost of large furnaces, as well as big Energy savings that can be up to 80%, or a better temperature control according to composite parts geometry. : some examples:

    • Heating or curing moulds of small to large size, and surface power ranging from 500 to 7000 watts/m²

    • Technology specially adapted to large scale parts curing, as by example carbon race boats masts

      he Tibgrid® fabric is sold by rolls : minimum order length is 10 meters.

19 Tibgrid-explanations.png

Tibgrid-Stretch : elastic heating textile

The Tibgrid-Stretch is made of a sinusoidal electrical heating circuit attach to an elastic fabric :

 

  • In addition to applications with elastic or stretchable cloth or layers, it allows easier layout on complex shapes , or to follow curves on a flat surface, specially when they are pre-positioned on a PLACETECH structure

 

  • Perfectly adapted to :

    • Fabric for complex shape composite parts functionalization :

      • Composites : heating silicon vacuum bags (out of autoclave process), complex parts functionalization (e.g. parabolic antennas).

      • De-icing of composite parts through easy laying on complex shapes !

      • Ultralight version of TIBGRIDSTRETCH are very interesting to use in complex shapes where light weight is compulsory. Heating control by zone is also easily possible.

      • Of, it can also be used through simple stretchable laying process of complex shape or ultra light heating molds.

    • Heating of stretchable or close to the skin garments :

      • TIBRIDSTRETCH is used in sport, boating, medical, workwear or other SMART textiles : stretchable heating fabric compatible with high stretch fabrics and compatible with breathability and moisture control.

Example: Tibgrid-Stretch 95 ISO-IC-0,48-p8 datasheet, click here

20 Tibgrid Stretch.jpg
22 Antennadesign.jpg

Heatdesign : customize-able electronically laid heating cloth

Possibility to relize composite embeddable induction or other antennas pattern on a glass mesh support.

Heatdesign : customize-able electronically laid heating cloth

TIBTECH can design and manufacture electronically laid heating or de-icing fabric :

  • Areal power from 100 to more than 7000 Watts/m²: often between 100 to 300 Watts/m² for de-icing applications, and more for heating.

  • Possibility to split the surface into zones with different areal power.

  • Easy to insert within complex composite or plastic parts.

  • Maximum dimensions of the fabric are 500mm x 700mm. Several elements can be assembled to make a larger surface.

  • Various textile supports available : elastic, high temperature resistant.
     

Applications :

  • Composite or plastic parts

  • Medical

  • Smart textiles and flexible electronics

  • Sport

23 Heatdesign.png
24 Heatdesign3.jpg
25 Placetech.jpg

PLACETECH : semi-adhesive flexible glass grid for easy TIBGRID heating structure pre-positioning

Placetech is a light semi-adhesive flexible grid :

  • Facilitates the pre-positioning of our heating fabric (TIBGRID) or ribbon (THERMOSTRETCH).

  • Possibility of positioning the TIBGRID roll on the semi adhesive PLACTECH structure, and to detach it again for more precise repositioning
    see photographs here joint !

  • This can allow you to prepare your heating fabrics shapes on the TIBGRID support cut to the size or your composite parts beforehand! It can lead you to a good process time gain.

  • Made from fiber glass.

  • Sold by rolls :

    • Width : 110cm.

    • Opening : 5mm x 5mm.

    • Density : 60g/m².

  • Also possibility to lay easilly the TIBGRID-STRETCH version along a curve shape, even on a flat surface !
    this entitles you to prepare in advance your curved shapes heating devices (parabolic shapes by example , or others)

Easy TIBGRID positionning or repositionning as a "postit" mode on "Placetech"
Watch the Video

27 Placetech-positionning.jpg

Tibmesh : conductive fabric for electromagnetic shielding, thermal gradient homogenization or lightning and electrical shock hazard risk mitigation

Very thin, light and flexible cloth

​Applications :

  • When used with our heating fabrics :

  • Thermal gradient homogenization : better spreading of the heat produced by the heating circuit. The conductive cloth which is usually inserted between the heating fabric and the outer layer of the composite mold or composite part.

  • Safety : except for low tension applications, we strongly recommend to connect the Tibmesh conductive fabric to the ground. In case of accidental damage of the mold or composite part, the Tibmesh conductive cloth will greatly limit the electrical shock hazard.

  • Electromagnetic shielding.

  • Induction heating for composite parts or thermal adhesive for the stainless version.

  • Composite part lightning protection, especially for aviation.
     

Commercialized in two versions :

  • TIBMESH (75g/m²) stainless steel alloy: sold in 1m width and 10m long rolls

  • TIBMESH CU copper base (75g/m²): sold in 1m width and 10m long rolls.
    Link to purchase Tibmesh Cu fabric by meter

28 Tibmesh.png
29 TibmeshCu.png
30 Tibshield.jpg
31 tibshield-adhésif.jpg
32 tibshield-light.jpg

Tibshield : antistatic, electromagnetic shielding or electrical connexion very thin conductive fabric

We can offer two family of TIBSHIELD : Electro-Magnetic Shielding fabrics EMS :

  • Tibshield TIAD35-NP RIPSTOP:

  • Non adhesive version of TIBSHIELD :

  • Areal weight : 85 g/m².

  • Rip stop reinforced woven structure.

  • Shielding above 70dB for frequencies between 3 to 10MHz.

  • Sold in 10m long 1.4m wide rolls.


Self adhesive version with conductive glue :

  • Areal weight : +-100 g/m².

  • Rip stop reinforced woven structure.

  • Shielding above 70dB for frequencies between 3 to 10MHz.

  • Sold in rolls of 10m length in:

  • 1300 millimeter width.

  • 100 millimeter width.

  • 50 millimeter width.

  • 25 millimeter width.

  • 15 millimeter width.

  • 10 millimeter width.


Tibshield TISDI-135-PN :

  • Areal weight : 45 g/m².

  • Very open, thin and flexible fabric.

  • Shielding for frequencies between 3 MHz and 10 MHz higher than 50dB.

  • Sold in 10m long 1.4m wide rolls.

Flexible surface sensors

  • We can develop a serial of flexible surface sensors :

    • Vibration deformation monitoring sensor:

    • Water leaks or moisture sensor:

    • Electrical motor induction current leaks detection conductive grid.

Stretchable data transfer bus or narrow fabric for Connectivity or robotics :

  • Stretchable Condustretch narrow bands with several conductive elements are allowing off-set connections or to be linked to machine in movement or other robots. They also allow washable Connectivity within stretchable SMART textiles

16 surface sensor.jpg