State-of-the-art, high-tech and indispensable in modern industry, carbon fiber is an innovative material with a wealth of applications.

Carbon fibers can be based on a high quality polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor, which is specifically engineered. PAN-based carbon fibers consist of 1,000 to 48,000 filaments, each with a diameter between 5 and 7 µm. Each filament has a micro graphite crystal structure. Together with resin, carbon fibers are usually manufactured into a composite. These carbon fiber components are light-weight and strong compared to parts made of metals (e.g. aluminum) or other fiber reinforced composites.

A combination of unique and useful properties make it an ideal material for a variety of processes and in a wealth of applications.

Mechanical Data and Dynamic Properties

  • High strength
  • High modulus
  • Low density
  • Low creep rate
  • Good vibration damping
  • Low fatigue

Chemical Properties

  • Chemically inert
  • Non-corrosive
  • High resistance against acids, alkalis and organic solvents

Thermal Properties

  • Low thermal expansion
  • Low thermal conductivity

Electro-Magnetic Properties

  • Low X-ray absorption
  • Non-magnetic

Electrical Properties

  • High electrical conductivity

Carbon Fiber Processing

Carbon fiber can be processed either dry or wet/with resin.

Dry processing as:

  • Preform
  • Fabrics
  • Braids
  • Multi-axial fabrics / non-crimped fabric (NCF)
  • Unidirectional fabric / stitch-bonded fabrics
  • Specialty paper

Wet processing/with resin:

  • Thermoset prepreg
  • Thermoplastic Tape
  • Filament winding
  • Other resin infusion processes such as RIM and SRIM
  • Pultrusion

Carbon Fiber Applications

Carbon fiber is ideally suited for highly loaded structural parts in aerospace, automotive, leisure and medical applications. It is also widely used in wind power generation, and in the energy and chemical industries.