WHAT IS EKOA?
Ekoa composites are high performance and ecological plant based composites that are a drop in replacement for conventional composites (e.g. fiberglass, carbon fiber) and exotic woods. A major differentiation is the vibration damping qualities: Compared to aluminum and carbon fiber, Ekoa composites recover quickly—Resulting products with better "feel" and fewer harsh vibrations.
Lingrove natural composites are the premier choice for a myriad of applications from sports equipment to automotive. Improve the user experience through increased vibration damping, light-weighting, and a natural look and feel (surface layer applications).
USING WITH CARBON FIBER
These materials are engineered to have good compatibility with carbon fiber. The elongation at fracture of 1.5% and the coefficient of thermal expansion are similar to carbon fiber. When used with carbon fiber as a core (middle layer/s), Ekoa flax linen and bio-epoxy prepregs and flax linen dry composite reinforcement fabrics reduce weight and cost while increase vibration damping properties. The tube shown below, is made with two layers of Ekoatape on the surface and several subsequent layers of unidirectional carbon fiber. The effect is an authentic hard wood-like aesthetic with Ekoa contrasting subtle carbon fiber. With this type of ‘hybrid’ layup you get the damping and look of Ekoa with the added rigidity of carbon fiber. This sample has no finish but has been sanded.
How is EKOA Made?
Ekoa composites begin as flax plants harvested for fibers and processed into dry fabrics. We work closely with our partners to manufacturer a plant-based bioresin. The flax linen and resin materials are then combined in a pre-impregnation process to exacting aerospace specifications.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY
The founders of Lingrove are product developers with decades of experience developing products and taking them to market. Our integrated design approach starts with supremely capable natural composite materials—the basis of our brand-building product design and development. We consider all phases of product development early in the process and see the project through to market— even including the production of OEM parts as per your needs.