What is Carbon Fiber Fabric

What is Carbon Fiber Fabric

It needs to be understood that all carbon fiber is not equal. When the carbon is manufactured into fibers, special additives and elements are introduced to increase strength properties. The primary strength property that carbon fiber is judged upon, is modulus

Carbon is manufactured into tiny fibers through either the PAN or Pitch process. The carbon is manufactured in bundles of thousands of tiny filaments, and wound onto a roll or bobbin. There are three major categories of raw carbon fiber:

  • High Modulus Carbon Fiber (Aerospace Grade)
  • Intermediate Modulus Carbon Fiber
  • Standard Modulus Carbon Fiber (Commercial Grade)
Although we might come in contact with aerospace grade carbon fiber on an aircraft, such as the new 787 Dreamliner, or see it in a Formula 1 car on TV; the majority of us will likely come in contact with commercial grade carbon fiber more frequently.
 
Common uses of commercial grade carbon fiber include:
  • Sporting goods
  • Car hoods and aftermarket parts
  • Accessories, like iPhone cases
Each manufacturer of raw carbon fibers has their own nomenclaiture of the grade. For example, Toray Carbon Fiber calls their commercial grade "T300," while Hexcel's commercial grade is called "AS4."
 
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