5 Things You Didn’t Know About Carbon Fiber

1. Carbon fiber was first invented near Cleveland, Ohio in 1958.

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Photo credit: Google.com.

 

2. Carbon fiber starts as thin strands of fiber that are finer than a human hair!  These strands are twisted and then woven into carbon fiber fabric that can later be used to make just about anything from: vehicle components, display stands, chairs, tables, helmets, to even wedding rings!

Carbon filament over a human hair. Photo credit: xcracer.com.

Carbon filament over a human hair. Photo credit: xcracer.com.

 

3. Carbon fiber is a strong, stiff, lightweight material that has the potential of replacing steel.

Seibon Carbon Nissan GTR GT-style dry carbon hood.

Seibon Carbon Nissan GTR GT-style dry carbon hood.

 

4. Carbon fiber is so strong and lightweight that it’s often used in aviation, battleships, satellites, and rockets.

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Photo credit: Google.com

 

5. Carbon fiber is invisible in x-rays.

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Photo credit: Nissan USA.com

 

How many of these did you know?

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Sources:

http://energy.gov/articles/top-9-things-you-didn-t-know-about-carbon-fiber

http://carbonfiber.com/faq.aspx?q=1&c=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_%28fiber%29

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