For demonstration purposes, we wove a fabric with 100% fiberglass first and then we replaced the fiberglass filling with a Basalt Roving.
The white color is the fiberglass, the olive-brown color is the basalt.
This type of construction, when two or more technical fibers are mixed or blended or woven into a fabric, is called a hybrid.
The result of this particular Hybrid is an increase in strength in the filling direction (due to the Basalt being used in the filling)
While this demonstration shows a very simply hybrid version made from Basalt and Fiberglass, more complicated and complex products can be engineered. As an example, S2-Glass, Kevlar or Carbon Fibers can be incorporated, either in the warp or in the fill direction or in combination of same. The fabric can have sections of just S2-Glass, then perhaps Carbon or Kevlar and then again S2 Glass and all of it can be combined by a Basalt Roving.
This unique ability allows to engineer products with various properties along one fabric.
Example Ballistic Application
Say you have a wall 12 ft wide; and say you need a high strength ballistic fiber on the left side of this wall, such as S2-Glass. Then comes a section you need to have an electromagnetic shield. This would be the section for Basalt. You may have a need for a light weight panel and decide to make use of carbon fiber and all of this could be woven into one fabric.
This example may not find a direct application and is just meant to explain some of the possibilities, but we hope it increases the reader's creativity for some interesting new designs.
We welcome to discuss the ideas you have!