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25th May 2017, Switzerland

Textile-based fuel tank for Formula 1

Cortex Humbelin AG, which has production sites in Rupperswil and Niederlenz in Switzerland, has developed a prototype textile-based fuel tank for Formula 1 racing cars.

The geometry of fuel tanks for racing cars is extremely complex, the company says, because every millimetre of space within the chassis has to be fully utilised and every single gram of weight counts. An extremely light and flexible coated material could therefore prove an ideal solution.

In the past few years, Cortex Humbelin, which was established in 1924, has moved away from its original core business of braided products to become a manufacturer of high-tech textiles and for almost 15 years, it has been manufacturing specialised materials for Formula 1, including wheel-retaining tethers, which in the event of a crash prevent the wheels from separating from the vehicle and endangering drivers, track marshalls and spectators. In the past few years, Cortex Humbelin, which was established in 1924, has moved away from its original core business of braided products to become a manufacturer of high-tech textiles and for almost 15 years, it has been manufacturing specialised materials for Formula 1, including wheel-retaining tethers, which in the event of a crash prevent the wheels from separating from the vehicle and endangering drivers, track marshalls and spectators. It has also developed protective fabrics to prevent objects from penetrating the cooler system and advanced seatbelts for drivers.

The geometry of fuel tanks for racing cars is extremely complex, the company says, because every millimetre of space within the chassis has to be fully utilised and every single gram of weight counts. An extremely light and flexible coated material could therefore prove an ideal solution. Light fuel tanks and harnesses are also essential in the field of space travel and technology developed by Cortex is already used for fastening loads in the rockets supplying the International Space Station.

These meet extreme demands in respect of tensile strength, tear-resistance and energy absorption capacity, but at the same time are extremely light weight with a high degree of resistance to temperatures and aggressive substances such as fuels and lubricants.

www.cortexhuembelin.com

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