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1. (WO2018086921) AN APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPREADING FIBRES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/086921    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/077703
Publication Date: Fri May 18 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Oct 28 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: D02J 1/18
Applicants: HEXCEL COMPOSITES LIMITED
Inventors: ELLIS, John
ARCIDIACONO, Marco
CABALLERO, Andrea
Title: AN APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPREADING FIBRES
Abstract:
A fiber tow spreading apparatus comprising: fiber supply for supplying a fiber tow; a fiber spreader for spreading the filaments of the fiber tow to form a spread tow having an increased width; a guide member for directing the fiber tow in relation to the fiber spreader; a driver for driving the fiber tow in relation to the fiber spreader; wherein the driver comprises a moveable contacting surface to which the fiber is adhered.