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The term hybrid refers to a fabric that has more than one type of structural fibre in its construction. They are often used for their striking cosmetic appearance in composite components. Although hybrids are most commonly found in 0/90 woven fabrics, the principle is also used in 0/90 stitched, unidirectional and multiaxial fabrics. The common hybrid combinations are Carbon/Aramid, Aramid/Glass and Carbon/Glass. The latter typically look like carbon, as the glass is ransparent when wet out. Whne designing with carbon/aramid fabrics, note that aramid fibre has a negative axial coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) like carbon fibre, but the radial CTE is twice that of epoxy. This can lead to micro-cracking in laminates and wicking of moisture into the laminate over time. In non cosmetic carbon/aramid laminates it may be better to use an aramid liner separate from the structural laminate rather than using a hybrid.  

405 GSM carbon fabric with red design. 

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140 GSM Carbon glass plain weave hybrid fabric. 

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210 GSM carbon aramid twill weave hybrid fabric. 

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This heavy 280GSM satin weave glass fabric boasts a stunning bright silver arrow weave effect. The satin weave still allows the fabric to drape over compound curvature. 

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