Research and Development

Technical Fabrics

Research and Development of Technical Fabrics
Expanding the performance capabilities of flexible composite materials is our daily task.

We are founded in a corporate philosophy energized by breaking performance boundaries through materials research and development of high-performance fabrics for the most advanced applications.

Our technical fabric research strategy is focused on developing solutions within a functional manufacturing model.

Research and Development of Technical Fabrics
Technical Fabrics R&D

Design Control Strategy
Consistent documentation during each progressive step of development creates a meaningful path forward. Our collaborative environment owes its efficiency and success to a design control strategy that documents procedures and results, which not only tracks data progression but also—and more importantly—eliminates unnecessary duplication of work.

As a result, this means more effective research, data review, and faster development. We leverage knowledge for more predictable results, excellent quality assurance, shorter production times, and higher end-user confidence in product performance.

Vertical Development
Advantages to vertical engineering include rapid development, streamlined production, and the substantial cost and time savings of a single-vendor relationship. Additionally, it allows us to work in close consultation with our customers, providing them with unparalleled quality and performance.

Technical fabric solutions are only successful when they dovetail with realistic manufacturing capabilities. No one understands this philosophy better than the research and development teams at Warwick. We are uniquely qualified to handle all aspects of application projects in-house—beginning with research and development and culminating with the delivery of finished goods.

Our integrated manufacturing and engineering capabilities enhance concept-to-completion performance. Materials design, coating, finishing, lab testing, and manufacturing of technical fabrics are all completed in-house for superior quality assurance and timeliness of delivery.

Spiral Development
Real solutions evolve when complex challenges are divided into smaller pieces. Our incremental development strategy based upon refined experimentation and assessment enables rapid evolution. It is this spiral development strategy that allows us to acquire materials knowledge and technologies.

Each design phase includes materials research, review, and analysis to evaluate progress and implement progressive alterations in the subsequent phases. Interaction and collaboration between designer, tester, and end user during fabric development ensures superior results.

 

From Challenge to Solution in Technical Fabrics

The Challenge
NASA required a lightweight fabric that could endure extreme environmental factors and protect its exploration rovers when landing on Mars.

Mars Pathfinder Technical Fabrics

Our Solution
We collaborated with ILC Dover and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) during the development of a multilayer, flexible laminate for the mission-critical Mars vehicles' impact airbags.

The design included outer protective layers that shielded the inner gas-retaining layer against abrasion and puncture. This multilayer solution met NASA's challenging mass requirements and successfully dissipated the energy of a 45 mph impact into the sharp and rocky Mars terrain!

We've been working in highly-stressed inflatable structures for years—from the extreme requirements of ultra-lightweight materials for use in high altitude applications to heavy-duty protective laminates for industrial and military bumpers and other highly stressed inflatable structures—we are always willing to work on the difficult.—Senior Engineer for Inflatable Structures

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