What is carbon fabric fiber?

Carbon fabric fiber is a long, thin strand of material. It is made of strong crystalline filaments of carbon that is used to strengthen material. Carbon fiber is about 0.005 till 0.010 mm and it is composed of carbon atoms. It can be thinner than a strand of hair. It get its strength when it is twisted together like yarn. Then it is woven together to form a cloth to take a permanent shape.

How carbon fiber is produced?

The process to make carbon fabric fiber is part mechanical and part chemical. The process starts by drawing the longs strands of fibers and then heating them to an extremely high temperature without allow it to come in contact with oxygen. This prevent the fibers from burning. During the heating process, the carbonization takes place. The atoms inside of the fibers vibrate violently, destroying most of the non-carbon atoms. The result is a carbon fabric fiber composed of long, tightly interlocked chains of carbon atoms with just a few non-carbon atoms remained.

Made with raw material

Carbon fabric fiber is made with raw material, which is called precursor. The most common precursor is polyacrylonitrile (PAN). More than 90 percent of the fibers is produced with polyacrylonitrile. Other precursor’s options include a wood by product and a common plastic.

What are the properties of carbon fabric fiber?

Carbon fabric fiber is a popular material and it is used for many applications. It is everywhere and you might have a product at home with carbon fiber material. The reason why carbon fiber is so popular is, because it has many properties. Carbon fiber:

Is very strong

Is high in stiffness

Has a low weight

Is high in tensile strength

Has an excessive heat resistance

Has a low thermal expansion

Has a high chemical resistance

Has a low thermal expansion

Has the potential to replace steel

Due to all these properties, carbon fabric fiber is a popular material that is used in many industries and high performance products, like racecars, boats, sports equipment, bicycles, airplanes and medical prosthetics.