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Fiber coating method

United States Patent

January 2, 2001
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A coating is applied to reinforcing fibers arranged into a tow by coaxially aligning the tow with an adjacent separation layer and winding or wrapping the tow and separation layer onto a support structure in an interleaved manner so that the separation layer separates a wrap of the tow from an adjacent wrap of the tow. A coating can then be uniformly applied to the reinforcing fibers without defects caused by fiber tow to fiber tow contact. The separation layer can be a carbon fiber veil.
Corman; Gregory Scot (Ballston Lake, NY)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
09/ 385,843
August 30, 1999
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-FC02-92CE41000 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights to the invention.