Bladders can be paired with a wide range of aerospace and aviation vehicles to provide a flexible storage solution. At Tex Tech, we design each of our fabrics to meet specific customer requirements. These typically focus on being lightweight, durable, and strong. Each product is custom-made to meet the unique safety requirements, performance specifications, and capabilities of each client. Learn more about fuel bladders and the fabrics we use below.
Why Use Liquid Storage Bladders
Liquid storage bladders offer a flexible storage option for diesel, jet fuel, gasoline, powders, potable and non-potable water, FDA-compliant liquids, and more. When used for aviation fuel applications, these bladders allow fuel to be stored in unused areas of an aircraft and reduce the weight transfer issues of “sloshing” fuel. Depending on specific requirements the fabrics can be designed to incorporate crash-resistant materials. Fabrics can be used to store a variety of liquids and the tanks can be designed to be collapsible. This allows operators to compactly store empty bladders without significantly impacting weight on the vehicle.
Tex Tech’s Capabilities
At Tex Tech, we’re a leading provider of high-quality textile materials, including those used for fuel and liquid storage bladders. Our material scientists are involved during every stage of production, from selecting the fabrics, designing the proper polymer coatings, to testing and certification. We will create a solution so that your tanks perform every time. Through our state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled customer service, we can provide out-of-box solutions to meet even the most complex requirements.
We rely on unique designs of materials combined with our coating and laminating processes to create fabrics that meet your specific requirements. With our high-quality materials and production processes, our bladder fabrics offer better quality, longer-lasting performance, and peace of mind.
As part of our commitment to product quality, we meet or exceed ISO best practices for production and testing. Our robust inspection and testing processes include the following:
Liquid Bladder Fabric Types
It’s important to select the right bladder fabric for each unique project. The material affects the weight of the product, its resistance to damage in different environments, and its compactness and other properties. At Tex Tech, we work with the following coating materials:
- Rubber (Chloroprene, EPDM, Fluoroelastomer, Natural Rubber, Nitrile)
Flexible liquid storage fabrics are particularly advantageous for aviation fuel bladders. Contact our research and development or customer service teams to learn more about selecting the right material for your fuel bladders.
Tex Tech Meets Industry Standards for Bladder Fabrics
To meet the needs of our clients, we meet or exceed the following industry and regulatory standards:
- ASTM Compliance
- ISO 9001 Certification (in our Maine facility)
- IATF/ISO 16949 Certification for automotive applications (in our North Carolina and South Carolina locations)
Contact Tex Tech Experts
Liquid bladders are a flexible, multi-purpose storage option that can serve in a variety of harsh or extreme environments. Because these products are easy to customize, can be stored compactly, and have a lightweight construction, they’re particularly well-suited to aviation applications. Whether you need fabrics for storing aviation fuels or woven materials for storing other types of liquid, the team at Tex Tech can provide you with the optimal solution. Contact us or request a quote today to learn more about our products and custom capabilities.