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Automakers Drive Carbon Composites

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Carbon composites probably inevitable
Rob Spiegel   10/12/2012 11:13:37 AM
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Archie, I think the fascination with carbon fibers is the environmental factor. However, the steel folks argue that the front end of the carbon fiber process eats up considerable energy -- plus, they argue that steel is very easy to recycle.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   10/8/2013 11:41:32 AM
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The strength to weight ratio of carbon fiber composites is higher than that of glass fiber composites. And the greater stiffness is very important in cars and planes.



Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   10/8/2013 11:49:50 AM
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Ann, does that mean that glass fiber composites are likely to get sidelined? Or, are there still applications for which glass fiber composites are the superior solution?

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Ann R. Thryft   10/8/2013 12:35:28 PM
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Not at all, Rob. Many composite developers we've reported on are working on both types. They each can have their place in a given vehicle.

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Lightfellows   2/4/2014 4:46:26 AM
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I read with interest the threads on CF –I am involved with many companies worldwide regards CF composites and what I am seeing is new CF material formats combined with new and modified process and polymers that are opening up a significant potential for auto applications. Aluminium's, steels, titanium and magnesium will never compete with a material format that can be moulded with variable thicknesses – strategic laminate direction and can be combined with many other materials. You will see a greater use of glass CF hybrids in the future. Regarding recycling – with the greater acceptance of TP polymers and their increase performance the recycling issue goes away!! so yes the use of CF is inevitable !!

Martin O'Connor  - Zoltek Automotive

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VM   4/10/2014 9:37:17 AM
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I sure wouldn't want to be anywhere close to a car fire if there was any significant amount of flamable metal in it's ocnstruction.

 

Villy

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