Fulfilling the Promise of High Performance Fibers
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Free Form Fibers is a privately held company in Saratoga Springs, NY that has developed a process based on chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to create inorganic High Performance Fibers (HPFs) for use in a variety of challenging applications. These applications appear in military and aerospace (turbo machinery, rockets, advanced structures), automobile, biomedical, energy and other industries that require advanced materials with exceptional strength, stiffness, heat resistance and/or chemical resistance.
Why High Performance Fibers (HPFs)?
HPFs are sought when a combination of extreme material properties is required which cannot be met by existing metal filaments or by carbon, glass, vegetal or mineral fibers. Of the many advanced materials known, only a select few have been made into HPF and, until now, there has been no generic process by which fibers from such materials could be formed. Thus far, the manufacture of a given HPF has required an ad-hoc process and unique technology platform that is usually not appropriate for other materials. Closely associated with these are long development times, unique technical challenges, major capital investments and significant development costs. It has also become clear in recent years that the issues of energy ‘footprint’ and waste streams are important, and that HPF manufacturing is typically hugely energy intensive, with significant waste byproducts. All of these issues have inflated costs and held back growth of the HPF industry and industries dependent on it. Our objective is to change the game and make new fiber materials available to our customers – quickly and inexpensively. Why Free Form Fibers?
Where would HPFs be Used?
- High-temperature, low corrosion non-woven filters and catalysts
- Refractory fibers for high and ultra-high temperature reinforcement of ceramic matrix composites (CMC) and metal matrix composites (MMC)
- Woven and non-woven linings
- Lightweight structural reinforcement for composite materials
- Superconducting filaments
- Research and Development, scientific instrumentation