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What is Carbon Fiber?

Benefits of Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber is used in everything from 777 jumbo jets to backpacks these days thanks to its strength and weight saving properties.

Carbon fiber is a material made from carbon atoms which are bonded together to form a long chain. The fibers in carbon fiber are engineered to be light as well as extremely strong and stiff making them an excellent building material. There are a variety of materials used as building-blocks for carbon fiber including braids, yams, and weaves. These building blocks are used to create carbon fiber composite parts.

Carbon fiber is available in a variety of weaves with result in different properties for the final product. The weaves of carbon fibers provide the structure to the component like the steel frame in a commercial building. The carbon fibers are then suspended in a matrix to maintain their shape. The most common matrix used in carbon fiber is epoxy resin which is a plastic that has excellent compressive and sheer properties. The epoxy is low density making the material light, the fibers provide the reinforcement creating the perfect combination of strength and lightness.

Carbon fiber can be manufactured in a wide range of fabrication processes including resin transfer, wet-layup, insert molding, vacuum bagging, matched tooling, pultrusion and many other methods. Additionally, the type of fibers used and the pattern they are weaved in, can be tailored for specific properties.

Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Process

The process used in making carbon fibers is a combination of mechanical and chemical. The precursor epoxy resin in drawn into the carbon fibers and then heated to a very high temperate while preventing the materials from exposure to oxygen. Keeping oxygen out of the process prevents the fiber from getting burned while allowing the high temperature to accelerate the atoms in the fiber which vibrate violently while the non-carbon atoms are expelled. This process is referred to as carbonization, it creates a fiber which is composed of long, tightly-locked chains of atoms with only a few non-carbon atoms remaining.

Carbon fiber is the perfect material for automotive parts. It provides superior strength and low weight which is critical for automotive performance. Additionally, carbon fiber can be shaped to match any contour or shape which makes it an extremely flexible product for any automotive application. High-end race cars and supercars use carbon fiber in everything from car bodies to interior parts like seats and dashboards. The one downside of carbon fiber is the cost associated with the material and manufacturing process.

Common Carbon Fiber Upgrades
  • Hoods
  • Truck Lids
  • Door Panels
  • Spoilers & Splitters​
  • Bumpers
  • Center Consoles
  • Seats

Benefits of Carbon Fiber
  • Superior Stiffness and Strength
  • Lightweight
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Unique Appearance
  • Superior Fatigue Properties