Carbon fiber’s distinct lightness and strength make it a viable, versatile, and useful commercial product for a wide variety of markets. Along with strength and lightweight properties, the benefits of carbon fiber and its composites include:
- A unique and distinct appearance that’s nearly impossible to replicate.
- Excellent strength to weight ratio, compared to other materials.
- Works well with other materials (fiber, plastics, metals, wood, concrete).
- Suitable for complex contours and designs.
- Superior fatigue properties.
- High Stiffness.
- High heat tolerances and resistance.
- Flexible thermal and electrical properties.
- Corrosion-resistance (with proper resins).
- Varying classifications (tensile modulus) of strength.
- The strongest carbon fiber is 10x stronger and 5x lighter than steel.
- The strongest carbon fiber is 8x stronger and 1.5x lighter than aluminum.
Carbon Fiber Composites
Carbon fiber is commonly used to reinforce composite materials to produce something strong, yet lightweight. Once bound with a polymer or resin (such as epoxy) carbon fiber creates a composite that is then used in a variety of consumer and technical based industries. Properties of the carbon fiber composite are affected by the carbon fiber reinforcement, the polymer resin matrix that binds the carbon fiber together, and any additives introduced to the resin.