Carbon fiber is a versatile material that is used in a wide range of industries, including:
- Aerospace and defense: Carbon fiber is used in the construction of aircraft and spacecraft, as well as in the manufacturing of missile and satellite components.
- Automotive: Carbon fiber is used in the production of high-performance vehicles, such as sports cars and racing cars, as well as in the manufacturing of lightweight body parts and components.
- Sporting goods: Carbon fiber is used in the production of golf clubs, tennis rackets, fishing rods, and other sports equipment.
- Wind Energy: Carbon fiber is used in the construction of wind turbine blades, due to its light weight and high strength-to-weight ratio.
- Marine: Carbon fiber is used in the construction of boats, ships, and other marine vessels, as well as in the manufacturing of marine equipment, such as anchors and masts.
- Construction: Carbon fiber is used in the construction industry to reinforce concrete and masonry structures.
- Robotics: Carbon fiber is used in the manufacturing of robotic arms, drones, and other robotic equipment due to its high strength-to-weight ratio.
- Medical: Carbon fiber is used in the manufacturing of orthopedic implants, prosthetic devices, and surgical equipment.
- Industrial: Carbon fiber is used in the manufacturing of industrial equipment and machinery, such as pumps and valves, due to its high strength and corrosion resistance.
Fibre Glast Developments offers a wide selection of carbon fiber reinforcements, including fabric, sleeves, tow, and tape. We take great measure to ensure that all of the products we handle are First Quality, manufactured to the highest standards for maximized strength and perfect cosmetics.
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Carbon fiber is renowned for its sleek, modern appearance. But carbon fiber is most often chosen for its performance. It boasts a combined strength- and stiffness-to-weight that is unmatched in the composites industry. In fact, when looking at strength to weight comparisons, carbon fiber outperforms most traditional building materials.
Graphite fibers formulate this strength. These fibers are made up of nearly 95% carbon and yield the highest ultimate tensile strength in the FRP industry. Tensile strength is the force required to pull both ends of any length until it breaks. What's more, carbon fiber also dominates the industry for compressive strength--the capacity of a material to withstand loads that compress, or tend to reduce size--and flexural strength--the ability to resist deforming under load. These fibers are bundled and then combined in various ways to create carbon fiber reinforcement and parts that take on this strength property.
Carbon fiber is designed be used with a resin system in order to create hard, laminate parts. To maximize strength properties for your carbon part, use an epoxy like the Fibre Glast System 2000. When combined, they will produce hard, reinforced parts--even complex shapes. They should not be used to produce flexible, or soft, materials.
Do you want to learn more about carbon fiber or other composite materials? Fibre Glast has a free Learning Center with white papers, videos, charts, and photo galleries. You can learn more about carbon fiber with free white papers like: About Reinforcements, and About Prepregs.
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