Woven graphite is an excellent alternative to fiberglass and Kevlar - only mils thick with great strength. In addition to its great strength, graphite fabric also has very low density and is very stiff. Although it is quite costly, the material saving is appreciable since only one course of graphite is required for 3 or 4 of fiberglass. It cuts considerably easier than Kevlar. The excellent qualities of the graphite fabric itself give it an immediate waiting market in the aircraft building field.
Carbon fibers are produced in a continuous operation, during which the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor undergoes a series of precisely controlled processes. By exposing the precursor to extremely high temperatures, chemical changes occur which create high strength and stiffness to weight ratios through oxidation, carbonization and graphitization.
Subjecting the precursor to successive heat treatment and sizing stages makes for easier handling and improved bonding, resulting in a material that is stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum and as stiff as titanium.
Carbon fiber reinforcements, when properly engineered into the appropriate matrix, can achieve one of the strongest and most rigid composite structures available with significant weight savings when compared to metals and other materials.
In addition to the high strength-to-weight ratio, carbon fiber reinforcements are thermally and electrically conductive, have very low CTE and excellent fatigue resistance.
Quick and easy access. solid tight weave well protected during shipping.
Works great, wish it wasnt so expensive.
This fabric is the best weave for complex curves. It works well wets well, Excellent!
The strength is awesome and lays well.
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Good stuff easy to work with
Good quality. Wets up well. Easy to work with. Fast delivery
This has been a great product to re-enforce fiberglass at high stress points.
This is a great product. It is very thin, maybe 1/100th of an inch. I am using it to Epoxy to my Rockets Basswood Fins, so it will pass Mach One (approx. 730 mph) and keep the fins attached.
Very loose twill on the 2x2 I dont recommend this as quality of tightness of the weave is not there
We can only recommend to use the materials called out in the aircraft plans. Carbon fiber is a much stiffer material than fiberglass and we do not have any tests to compare how the aircraft would perform using carbon fiber.
Yes, we can roll it in the 36" width, but we do suggest making a note of it in the special instructions when ordering.
The carbon tow can be pulled apart from the woven cloth if desired. Twill 2/2 is in reference to the type of weave of the fabric. We stock carbon fiber woven in Twill 2x2 and plain weave.
If the weight and the weave are the same as the fiberglass cloth then yes, the procedure will be the same.
This material is priced and sold per linear yard at the width shown in the ordering chart.
The general difference is that the plain weave is woven a little tighter than the twill, so plain weave generally deoesn't lay-up around contours as well as the twill. As far as cosmetics, the twill is commonly used.
Per Supplier: Yes Carbon is always better than glass.
Per your description it sounds you are looking for a filler in which is a sandable epoxy. You can use the PTM&W light weight filler (part # 02-30006) or the Superfil (part # 09-28250) for this application.
Yes. Vinyl Ester resin can be used with carbon fiber cloth.