Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber Application

Carbon fiber or in other name is graphite fiber, often abbreviate CF, a material consisting of fiber about 5 to 10 micro meter in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atom.

Produce carbon fiber is by bonded carbon atoms together in crystal aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber as a crystal alignment gives the fiber high strength to volume ratio. Several thousand carbon fibers are bundled together to form a tow, which may be used by itself or woven into a fabric.

The benefit of carbon fiber are as follows:
  • High stiffness
  • High tensile strength
  • Low weight
  • High chemical resistance
  • High temperature tolerance
  • Low thermal expansion
Carbon fiber is prefer use in aerospace, civil engineering, military and motorsports, competition sports. The price of carbon fiber relatively expensive compare to the similar product like glass fiber or plastic fibers.

When carbon fiber combined with other material like in composite, if combine with plastic resin and wound, it called as carbon fiber reinforced polymer.

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