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What Is Carbon Fiber? @Carbon Fiber Gear
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The featrues of carbon fiber:


*Very strong

*Ultra lightweight

*Modern, high-tech look

*A next-generation luxury material

*Used in really cool applications like exotic cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini), NASA/Aerospace, high-end sporting equipment, yachts and more.


People often wonder what carbon fiber is, and its increased use in automobile and airplane construction have made them sit up and take notice. It is not difficult to understand what carbon fiber is and why it is highly valued as a favorite of luxury designers. Simply put, carbon fiber is a super-strong fabric that's used to make diverse products, where light-weight, strength and modern looks are valued. Some examples would be Formula One, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, yachts, MotoGP, and even items from luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Montblanc and more.


Carbon fiber's weight-to-strength ratio is astonishing, especially when you consider its formidable strength. It is stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum. The strongest carbon fiber is five times stronger than steel. The fact that it is lightweight and strong makes carbon fiber an excellent choice for producing vehicles such as cars, planes, and boats. Low weight reduces friction, increases speed, and decreases fuel consumption, this is good for both consumers and the environment. Carbon fiber also has other valuable qualities; It resists corrosion, is both moisture and heat stable and has super energy absorption. Its sleek appearance and unique woven texture give it a feeling of timeless luxury, as Carbon Fiber is the New Black™.


The key to carbon fiber's properties is its unique microscopic crystalline structure. It is composed mostly of carbon atoms that are bound together in microscopic crystals which are linearly aligned and parallel to the long axis of the fibers. When carbon fiber is produced, thousands of thin strands of carbon are twisted together to form a yarn. This yarn is then woven into a flexible fabric that can be molded into many different shapes. To give you an idea of just how lean carbon fiber is, a single strand has a diameter of 0.005-0.010 mm, less than a human hair.

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As the saying goes, "everyone gathers firewood with high flames", it is because of the dense cooperation of carbon fiber that makes this material extraordinary. And everyone sees that carbon fibers have the texture of straw mats because these carbon fibers are woven from bundles of materials.

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Carbon fiber's unique properties, durability, and luxe looks make carbon fiber lifestyle products and accessories an excellent choice for any occasion. It's a luxury you can't afford to miss.

What Products Use Carbon Fiber Today?

By Todd Johnson

Updated on April 07, 2020

Every day, a new application is found for carbon fiber. What started out forty years ago as a highly exotic material is now a part of our everyday lives. These thin filaments, a tenth of the thickness of a human hair, are now available in a wide range of useful forms. The fibers are bundled, woven and shaped into tubes and sheets (up to 1/2-inch thick) for construction purposes, supplied as a cloth for molding, or just regular thread for filament winding.


Carbon Fiber In Flight

Carbon fiber has gone to the moon on spacecraft, but it is also used widely in aircraft components and structures, where its superior strength to weight ratio far exceeds that of any metal. 30 percent of all carbon fiber is used in the aerospace industry. From helicopters to gliders, fighter jets to microlights, carbon fiber is playing its part, increasing range and simplifying maintenance.


Sporting Goods

Its application in sports goods ranges from the stiffening of running shoes to ice hockey sticks, tennis racquets, and golf clubs. ‘Shells’ (hulls for rowing) are built from it, and many lives have been saved on motor racing circuits by its strength and damage tolerance in body structures. It is used in crash helmets too, for rock climbers, horse riders, and motorcyclists – in fact in any sport where there is a danger of head injury.


Military

The applications in the military are very wide-ranging – from planes and missiles to protective helmets, providing strengthening and weight reduction across all military equipment. It takes energy to move weight – whether it is a soldier’s personal gear or a field hospital, and weight saved means more weight moved per gallon of gas.


A new military application is announced almost every day. Perhaps the latest and most exotic military application is for small flapping wings on miniaturized flying drones, used for surveillance missions. Of course, we don’t know about all military applications – some carbon fiber uses will always remain part of ‘black ops’ - in more ways than one.


Carbon Fiber at Home

The uses of carbon fiber in the home are as broad as your imagination, whether it is style or practical application. For those who are style-conscious, it is often tagged as ‘the new black’. If you want a shiny black bathtub built from carbon fiber or a coffee table then you can have just that, off the shelf. iPhone cases, pens, and even bow ties – the look of carbon fiber is unique and sexy.


Medical Applications

Carbon fiber offers several advantages over other materials in the medical field, including the fact that it is ‘radiolucent’ – transparent to X-rays and shows as black on X-ray images. It is used widely in imaging equipment structures to support limbs being X-rayed or treated with radiation.


The use of carbon fiber to strengthen damaged cruciate ligaments in the knee is being researched, but probably the most well known medical use is that of prosthetics – artificial limbs. South African athlete Oscar Pistorius brought carbon fiber limbs to prominence when the International Association of Athletics Federations failed to ban him from competing in the Beijing Olympics. His controversial carbon fiber right leg was said to give him an unfair advantage, and there is still considerable debate about this.


Automobile Industry

As costs come down, carbon fiber is being more widely adopted in automobiles. Supercar bodies are built now, but its wider use is likely to be on internal components such as instrument housings and seat frames.


Environmental Applications

As a chemical purifier, carbon is a powerful absorbent. When it comes to the absorption of noxious or unpleasant chemicals, then surface area is important. For a given weight of carbon, thin filaments have far more surface area than granules. Although we see activated carbon granules used as pet litter and for water purification, the potential for wider environmental use is clear.


DIY

Despite its hi-tech image, easy to use kits are available enabling carbon fiber to be employed in a wide range of home and hobby projects where not only its strength but its visual appeal is a benefit. Whether in cloth, solid sheet, tube or thread, the space-age material is now widely available for everyday projects.

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