A template (10) configured for use with an annular preform (26) having a periphery (32) and an inner opening (34), the template (10) having an annular body with an outer periphery (16) and an inner opening (18) and a plurality of spacer openings (12) through its body each for receiving a spacer (25), one of the template inner opening (18) and the template outer periphery (16) having a width equal to the width of the preform inner opening (34) or the preform outer periphery (32). Also a method for densifying preforms that includes a step of positioning spacers using a template.
|Original language||English (US)|
|U.S. patent number||7662437|
|State||Published - Nov 24 2009|