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The Basics of Using Carbon Fiber Laminates

 

  22 Mar 2019          Bhor Chemicals

If using carbon fiber composites was simple, it would have been more popular. But using carbon fiber materials takes much science and mechanical skill.

Hence, to make things easier for you, today we are discussing the basics of using carbon fiber laminates.

The Basics

Whether you are working for a hobby project or trying to trick out your car, then first consider the reason you want to use carbon fiber for. Although carbon composite is quite versatile, still it can be comparitively expensive to work with and may not be the ideal material for the job.

Carbon fiber has many benefits though. This material is amazingly lightweight, yet incredibly strong, and it has excellent mechanical properties.

Carbon fiber is also quite trendy, this means that people may use it for the sake of using it. For instance, if all you actually want is the surface finish of a carbon fiber weave, then you can save yourself the hassle and simply apply a carbon-fiber adhesive film!

Carbon Fiber Film

You can get the carbon fiber vinyl film in rolls or sheets. This film has a look and texture of actual carbon fiber. It also comes with a adhesive-backed film which is as easy to apply as a sticker. You simply need to cut it to size, peel, and stick.

Many distributors sell this film, which is extremely affordable compared to the actual carbon fiber. The carbon fiber film has higher UV resistance and provides some impact resistance too. It is used in everything from cell phones to sports cars and much more.

How to Use Carbon Fiber Film

It isn’t much difficult to learn how to use the carbon fiber film.

First, you have to be clear about the purpose why you are using the carbon fibre or carbon fiber film. If it is only for aesthetics, then the single layer of inexpensive carbon fiber will probably do the trick. This layer can cover a thick laminate of fiberglass. However, if you are planning a structural component or something which needs to be stronger, or more robust then using the carbon fiber may be warranted.

In case you are building a snowboard in your garage or designing an aircraft part by using carbon fiber, then you will have to do some planning before you begin. This can help you to avoid manufacturing which will fail, and also prevent you from wasting this expensive material. Also, by using the composite material software program, you can design a specific carbon fiber item which you need. You can also consult with a professional engineer while designing a critical part or piece, so that the failure can be avoided.

 

Laminating carbon fiber is nothing different than fiberglass or other reinforcements. You need to practice how to use the resin carefully. If it is a part intended for its look and feel and free of gel coat, use a better quality polyester or epoxy resin. Most epoxies and polyester resins have a yellowish or brownish colour, but a clear resin will be your best choice. Any resin utilised in surfboard manufacturing is usually as clear and transparent as water.

 

We hope the basics of carbon fiber laminates listed in this blog will aid in your research. If you are looking for more information, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help!

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