April 15, 2024

In 2006, guest columnist Bob Hartunian related the story of his efforts two decades prior, while at McDonnell Douglas, to develop a thermoplastic composite crytank for hydrogen storage. Feral Industries ships via reputable carriers to help ensure orders arrive fast and safe. A quick dust off and the bonnet/hood is now complete and ready to be fitted to the car. At this point, if needed, any measurement or alignment marks are made on the skin so that the lower skin ends up perfectly positioned on the upper skin.

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In the early 1960s, a process was developed by Dr. Akio Shindo at Agency of Industrial Science and Technology of Japan, using polyacrylonitrile (PAN) as a raw material. Thompson Fiberglas Co. developed a process (US Patent No. 3,294,489) for producing a high carbon content (99%) fiber using rayon as a precursor. The increasing production of passenger cars in emerging economies is a key factor responsible for market growth.

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Since this is the final layer, it is more important than ever to ensure that you accurately weigh and thoroughly mix the resin. Any improperly mixed resin will result in tacky or streaky patches on the final surface of the part. At 20°C this will take at least 8hrs but the longer you leave it the better as this will allow the part to develop more of its final hardness. Mix and apply the resin in just the same way as previous clear XCR layers. Before applying the 1st layer of clear XCR Coating Resin, check over your part for any stray or loose fibres of carbon fibre.

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Carbon fiber dates back to 1879 when Thomas Edison baked cotton threads or bamboo silvers at high temperatures, which carbonized them into an all-carbon fiber filament. By 1958, high-performance carbon fibers were invented just outside of Cleveland, OH. Although they were inefficient, these fibers contained around 20% carbon and had low strength and stiffness properties.

You can also order carbon fiber parts online from these companies or from other retailers. Upgrading your car’s bodywork allows you to stand out from the crowd.

PAN is expensive because it is difficult to manufacture, plus it takes 2 lb of PAN to create 1 lb of carbon fiber. Further, the extremely high temperatures required to convert PAN to carbon fiber consumes a great deal of energy (and money). There is a lot of research right now looking at alternatives to PAN for carbon fiber precursors, and I expect that in the next 5-10 years we will see substantial progress in this effort. The end result looks impressive, retaining the same shape as the original cover while looking like a high-end finished product. While the process is straightforward and a good way to make your own carbon fiber accessories, you wouldn’t want to use it to create critical parts like suspension components or a chassis.

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Our carbon fiber sheets range from 0.25mm (.010”) to 3.4mm (.133”) carbon fiber plates. We specialize in manufacturing customized layups, incorporating different materials and weaves as needed, to address the specific needs of your application. Carbon fiber by itself, although a remarkable material, does not have unusual durability properties. However, when carbon fiber is combined with a resin to create a carbon fiber composite, it has strength, stiffness, and durability that are nearly impossible to match with any other material.

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