Carbon fiber and carbon fiber cloth consist of bulk, chopped fibers, continuous strands or woven cloth forms of carbon or graphite. Carbon and graphite are used in reinforcing composites as well as other specialized electrical and thermal applications. Carbon fiber is made by charring synthetic polymer fibers made of polyacrylonitrile or PAN, by using an oxidation or thermal process. Carbon monofilament is composed of many long thin sheets of carbon molecules. The filaments are then spun into...
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Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

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What new technologies are influencing carbon fibers and carbon fiber cloth design?
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3-D & multiweave carbon cloth. 3K & 6K carbon fibre prepreg-Ultra high modulus carbon fibres. Wind energy & automotive, Aerospace.
~Engineering, Consulting, Chennai, India
The introduction of new working methods and especially methods like spiral winding. The combination cloths which are now available.
~Thomas W, Composite Technician, Anville, France
Light weight, Not damaging quartz tube (in which it is inserted), less emission of light in comparison with tungsten filament.
~Jaywant Gandhi G, Research & Development, Mumbai, India
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative carbon fibers and carbon fiber cloth?
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Perhaps TenCate protective fabrics (for clothes) SGL Carbon, Toray (for structural components)
~Other, Tobel, Switzerland
Hexcel du pont
~Isak O, Aircraft composite technician, Istanbul, Turkey
SP technologies, there are many good companies working out of the Pacific Rim.
~Thomas W, Composite Technician, Anville, France
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used carbon fibers and carbon fiber cloth for?
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Carbon Fiber can be used as electrical resistant heating element, similar to Nichrome (Nickel 80% + Chromium 20%.. & so on.), after impregnation process.
~Jaywant Gandhi G, Research & Development, Mumbai, India
Low-friction composites as sealings on continuous machines with areas under pressure; low-friction expanders for tubular textiles.
~Other, Tobel, Switzerland
Super car manufacture, Racing yacht manufacture, Life Boat manufacture, Cosmetic component manufacture (marine and automotive) R.P.V manufacture. Aerospace manufacture
~Engineering, Process/Production, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that carbon fibers and carbon fiber cloth have been used for.
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Carbon Fiber threads of specific sizes can be used as electrical resistant wire for making electrical heating elements, particularly for radiation type of heating.
~Jaywant Gandhi G, Research & Development, Mumbai, India
We have done alot of RnD work with carbon hybrid materials, so its not right to say that carbon alone is great. It all depends on the component.
~Manny De Sousa, Managing Director of Lobu Carbon Tech, Hull, U.K
Application carbon fibers as reinforcing for geopolymers (sialate type)
~Jan G, University teacher, Liberec, Czech Republic
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of carbon fibers and carbon fiber cloth?
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Not really a disastrous mistake, except for costing more- that was using carbon fibre where glass fibre would have been sufficient.
~Anne S, Materials Engineer, Hungerford, United Kingdom
Ignorance of surface properties of carbon fibers and its binding possibility with a corresponding resin or polymer.
~Jan G, University teacher, Liberec, Czech Republic
Yes. The element got punctured and money / efforts wasted.
~Jaywant Gandhi G, Research & Development, Mumbai, India
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FeaturesTop

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What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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Increasingly high strength, light weight; availability of a variety of material weights and fiber orientations; fabrics and prepregs.
~Steve B., Engineering Consultant, Bristol, RI
Small lot availability of long life Prepreg carbon in the various weaves that are used in larger lots in full scale commercial manufacturing.
~Allan W, Director Orthotics & Prosthetics, Adelaide, Australia
I am interested in electromagnetic shielding and ballistic protection of humans.
~Jan G, University teacher, Liberec, Czech Republic
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of carbon fibers and carbon fiber cloth?
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Careful attention to edge finishing. Carbon splinters are very difficult to remove from fingers and are generally caused by handling products without gloves that have not been finished.
~Allan W, Director Orthotics & Prosthetics, Adelaide, Australia
Don't believe everything you read! Talk to as many people as you can and then make up your own mind as to what to do and how to use carbon fibres in your application.
~Anne S, Materials Engineer, Hungerford, United Kingdom
When using carbon fiber with vinyl ester resin system, check fabric sizing to ensure compatibility of fabric and resin.
~Steve B., Engineering Consultant, Bristol, RI
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using carbon fibers and carbon fiber cloth?
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Do not wish for tailored products, if you have small volumes just look for an industry with large volumes that could have an application similar to yours and try to get the products developed for them.
~Alessandro C, Engineer, London, Italy
Certainly. But, since it is a new concept, and availability is not good like other types of metallic filament, it is tough to find a manufacturer who can supply at competitive price.
~Jaywant Gandhi G, Research & Development, Mumbai, India
Carbon fibers are very broad possibilities of properties, but between these properties are some dependence.
~Jan G, University teacher, Liberec, Czech Republic
Design a good pre-production project to fully comprehend all the problems you will face.
~Manny De Sousa, Managing Director of Lobu Carbon Tech, Hull, U.K
They will need to build a close relationship with their supplier and work closely with them.
~Anne S, Materials Engineer, Hungerford, United Kingdom
Get well informed about all possible features of the required material.
~Mike B, Research & Development, Zwaanshoek, UK
Consider including other cloth blends with carbon i.e. kevlar etc...
~Allan W, Director Orthotics & Prosthetics, Adelaide, Australia
Check beyond known suppliers.
~Russell E, Technical Support, New York, NY
Make your parts thinner.
~Jeffrey J, Engineer, Palm Bay, FL
Know the product
~Thomas W, Composite Technician, Anville, France

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